Green Halloween Lychee Gin Cocktail

This Green Lychee Gin Cocktail is the perfect way to celebrate Halloween. You can also make this into a mocktail so everyone can enjoy this spooky drink.

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This Green Halloween Lychee Gin Cocktail is so fun and the perfect addition to any Halloween celebration. Made with gin, fresh lime juice, lychee syrup, and elderflower liqueur, this cocktail tastes as unique as it looks. You can also make this drink into a mocktail so everyone can enjoy the fun.

I paired this cocktail with elderflower liqueur for added depth. I feel like the lychee fruit and syrup have a similar floral element to elderflower and they work really well together in this drink. All of that sweetness is balanced with the addition of fresh lime juice.

If you are looking for more fun Halloween recipes, check out my Bat Cake Pops and my Frankenstein Rice Krispie Treats!

What is Lychee?

Lychee (litchi chinensis) is a tropical fruit that is native to China from the soapberry family. It grows in warm, sub-tropical climates like China, Hawaii, and Florida. Lychee fruit is round, has red bumpy skin, and a brown seed in the middle. The white flesh inside has a similar texture to a grape without the skin. Lychees are sweet, with a slight floral element.

While fresh lychee fruit is uncommon in most grocery stores, it can sometimes be found in Asian specialty stores. It is easier to find lychee in a can with syrup (shown below). This is the type I used for this cocktail recipe.

How to Make a Green Halloween Lychee Gin Cocktail

Place the gin, lychee syrup, elderflower liqueur, and lime juice into a cocktail shaker with fresh ice. Shake for 20 seconds until nice and cold. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with the lychee eyeball. Enjoy immediately.

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How to Make a Lychee Eyeball Garnish

Take a lychee berry and place the blueberry in the middle. Using a toothpick, place some of the red gel food coloring in the cracks of the lychee to create a red-eyed look. Place a cocktail toothpick through the lychee and blueberry and set aside.

Lychee eyeballs can be made ahead of time and frozen. Just assemble the eyeball as directed and place them on a small baking sheet or plate lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Freeze for 2-4 hours or overnight before serving.

lychee and blueberry eyeballs with red food coloring

How to Chill a Cocktail Glass

There are a few ways to chill a cocktail glass. One is to freeze it in the freezer. 30 minutes is best but at least 5 minutes will get it nice and cold. Some people wrap the glass with a damp paper towel first, speeding up the process. Another way to chill a cocktail glass is to use crushed ice and soda water. The bubbles speed up the chilling process. But, if you don’t have soda water, regular water will work, just not quite as well.

How to Make this Green Halloween Lychee Drink a Mocktail

To make a Green Lychee Mocktail, place 2 ounces lychee syrup, 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice, 1/2 elderflower syrup (you can also find Elderflower syrup at Ikea!), 2 ounces water, and a few drops of green food coloring into a cocktail shaker with fresh ice. Shake and strain into a chilled glass and garnish with a lychee eyeball. Add a splash of sparkling water if desired.

You can also make lychee limeade or lemonade if you are serving to a crowd. Make a frozen can of limeade or lemonade and add the syrup from the can of lychee, elderflower syrup, and the green food coloring until you get the color you like. You can serve this in a punch bowl with frozen lychee eyeballs for the perfect Halloween treat for all ages!

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Green Halloween Lychee Gin Cocktail

This Green Lychee Gin Cocktail is perfect to celebrate Halloween. You can also make this into a mocktail so everyone can enjoy this spooky drink.
5 from 22 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 cocktail
Author: EmilyFabulous

Equipment

  • cocktail shaker with strainer
  • toothpicks

Ingredients

Lychee Eyeball Garnish

Lychee Gin Cocktail

  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1/2 ounce elderflower liqueur (I used St-Germain)
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 ounce lychee syrup (from canned lychee)
  • 4-5 drops green food coloring

Instructions

Lychee Eyeball Garnish

  • Take a lychee berry and place the blueberry in the middle. Using a toothpick, place some of the red gel food coloring in the cracks of the lychee to create a red-eyed look. Place a cocktail toothpick through the lychee and blueberry and set aside.
    lychee eyeball with food coloring gel

Lychee Gin Cocktail

  • Chill the cocktail glass with ice and bubbly water or in the freezer for 5 minutes before preparing the cocktail (see notes).
  • Place all of the cocktail ingredients into a cocktail shaker with fresh ice. Shake for 20 seconds until nice and cold. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with the lychee eyeball. Enjoy immediately. Cheers!

Notes

  • Lychee eyeballs can be made ahead of time and frozen. Just assemble the eyeball as directed and place them on a small baking sheet or plate lined with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Freeze for 2-4 hours or overnight before serving.

How to Chill a Cocktail Glass

  • There are a few ways to chill a cocktail glass. One is to freeze it in the freezer. 30 minutes is best but at least 5 minutes will get it nice and cold. Some people wrap the glass with a damp paper towel first, speeding up the process.
  • Another way to chill a cocktail glass is to use crushed ice and soda water. The bubbles speed up the chilling process. But, if you don’t have soda water, regular water will work, just not quite as well.

Make this drink a mocktail!

  • To make a Green Lychee Mocktail, place 2 ounces lychee syrup, 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice, 1/2 elderflower syrup (you can also find Elderflower syrup at Ikea!), 2 ounces water, and a few drops of green food coloring into a cocktail shaker with fresh ice. Shake and strain into a chilled glass and garnish with a lychee eyeball. Add a splash of sparkling water if desired.
  • You can also make lychee limeade or lemonade if you are serving to a crowd. Make a frozen can of limeade or lemonade and add the syrup from the can of lychee, elderflower syrup, and the green food coloring until you get the color you like. You can serve this in a punch bowl with frozen lychee eyeballs for the perfect Halloween treat for all ages!

Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.

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