Cucumber lychee sake spritzer
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 5 mins
Total time: 10 mins
You can easily make a non-alcoholic version of this by omitting the alcohol. ;) Also, this is a cocktail for a PARTAY, so this recipe makes a lot. You can also make a smaller amount by dividing down this recipe. (I've included smaller amounts in parentheses to denote how you can make this for 1 person.)
Ingredients
Cucumber and lychee simple syrup (1 oz for one cocktail--a pony)
  • 1 cucumber, sliced into coins, thinly
  • 1 can of lychee in syrup
  • 1.5 cups of water
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
For the final drink
  • 4 liters (200 mL for one cocktail--a little under a cup) of sparkling/seltzer water, cold
  • 750 mL (1.5 oz for one cocktail--a jigger) of an inexpensive and clear sake, cold
  • Lots of ice (a few cubes for one cocktail)
  • Extra cucumber slices and the saved lychees for garnishing
Directions
Cucumber and lychee simple syrup
  1. Make the cucumber simple syrup by adding sugar, water, and the syrup from the lychee can (save the lychee for garnishing later!) to a medium sauce pan over medium high heat. Let the mixture heat up, stirring until the sugar has dissolved (about 5 minutes)
  2. After there are no more sugar crystals to be seen, take the mixture off the heat and allow the cucumber to continue steeping in the simple syrup until the mixture is at room temperature.
  3. Refrigerate, covered, until ready to use.
Putting it together
  1. In a large, gallon-sized drink container (check out my new toy below!) or a punch bowl, add the sake and the simple syrup (cucumber slices and all) and stir the two together.
  2. Pour in the sparkling water and also lightly stir until it's well-mixed.
  3. Top the liquid with a good amount of ice. The ice mostly serves as a way to keep it cold. Since all your ingredients go in cold, it will take a while for the ice to melt, most likely longer than it takes to drink. The drink is sweet and can stand to be diluted over the course of a few hours without losing too much of its flavor.
  4. Garnish with lychee and cucumber slices and serve!
Recipe by heo yeah yum at http://heoyeahyum.com/2012/11/cucumber-lychee-sake-spritzer/