Blackberry Lychee Eyeball Martini
Tonight we kick off the Halloween weekend festivities with a little pumpkin carving which is always a riot with three kids. Tomorrow is what I’m really excited about… we’re hosting my brother and sister and their families for a costume party and trick or treating complete with “gross” food. I’m preparing some werewolf barf (chipotle bean dip), horse manure (mini-meatballs), rotten tarantula eggs (hard-boiled quail eggs soaked in tamari soy sauce) and a veggie tray with orange pepper jack-o-lanterns. For breakfast I’ll be making zombie guts (puff pastry stuffed with red raspberry jam and a little cream cheese arranged to look like intestines) and some shredded brains with scabs (hashbrowns and bacon). The funnest part of the whole event though, I think, are these blackberry lychee eyeball martini’s.
This martini uses blackberry juice or elderberry syrup for the deep dark spooky purple color. Combine with lychee syrup (from the same can as the lychee garnish), vanilla vodka and a splash of lemon and it’s a winner! Not too sweet and just a pinch of exotic, this blackberry lychee eyeball martini wouldn’t be complete without the skewered eyeball. The eyeball is simply a canned lychee (find them in the Asian section of your supermarket) with a blueberry placed inside the spot where it was cored out. Skewer it, add a twist of lemon and done! I think it’s time for a spooky toast!
- 2 ounces vanilla vodka
- ½ ounce blackberry juice (just smash a few blackberries and use the juice) or elderberry syrup
- ½ to 1 ounce lychee syrup from the canned lychees
- splash fresh lemon juice
- 1 lychee (canned)
- 1 blueberry
- lemon twist
- Get yourself a cocktail shaker and fill it with ice.
- Place vodka, blackberry juice/elderberry syrup, lychee syrup, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker.
- Shake vigorously and pour into a martini glass.
- Grab a skewer and poke through the lychee and place a blueberry in the core of the lychee.
- Garnish martini with the eyeball skewer and a lemon twist.