Lemon Grass & Lychee Martini

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  • Enjoy this new twist on a classic cocktail

    Ingredients:

    Lemon Grass Sugar Syrup

    • 175g (5oz) caster sugar

    • 225ml (8fl oz) water

    • 4 stalks lemon grass, cut into thirds

    • 1 tbs juniper berries

    This will make enough syrup for 16 martinis.

    For each Martini:

    • 50ml (2fl oz) vodka

    • 1 tbs Lemon Grass Simple Syrup

    • 2 tsp lychee juice (from canned lychees)

    • 2 tsp pomegranate juice

    • Sparkling water

    • Pomegranate seeds

    To garnish: cocktail stick, slice of lime and lychees

    Directions:

    To make the Sugar Syrup:

    1. Mix together the sugar, water, lemon grass pieces and juniper berries in a small saucepan.

    2. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes, or until the sugar is completely dissolved.

    3. Strain the syrup into a plastic container and refrigerate until ready to use.

    4. The syrup can be kept in the refrigerator for up to one week.

    To make the martini:

    1. Fill a cocktail shaker with 1 tbs crushed ice.

    2. Add the vodka, Lemon Grass Sugar Syrup, lychee juice and pomegranate juice, shake until well mixed and chilled.

    3. Strain into a martini glass, top up with sparkling water as desired and add a few pomegranate seeds.

    4. Slowly pour the pomegranate juice over the back of a spoon so that the juice settles at the bottom of the glass.

    5. Serve immediately, garnished with a lychee and lime slice threaded onto a cocktail stick.

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