Saturday Evening Swing: Lychee Sake

By Mikka Wee/December 8, 2012

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Although sake hasn’t wiggled its way into our local bars as much as other hard drinks have, it still has its bragging rights as a longstanding liquor that has been enjoyed by both samurais and geishas.

Shake some sake up with a bit of lychee, and you’ve got the perfect drink to make your cheeks flush as if it were winter in Osaka.  Sake is a traditional Japanese alcoholic beverage that’s made from fermented rice. It has a dry, robust aftertaste, making it a fine complement to the sweet, fruity lychee flavor.

Now don’t forget to bring out the sushi! Another good addition to this spread would be wasabi—lots and lots of wasabi.

Lychee Sake

Total Time: 10 minutes / Yield: 2-3 servings


  • 1/4 cup lychee syrup (from canned lychees)
  • 1/2 cup sake
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1-2 tbsp corn syrup
  • Lychees, for serving


  1. Put lychee syrup, sake, ice, and corn syrup in shaker.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Pour in glass and put 2-3 lychees per glass.
  4. Serve.

Mikka Wee

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  • Jasper Ferrer

    technically sake isn’t a “hard” drink since it isn’t distilled… however Korean soju is