Make Lychee Juice (Litchi Juice) at home using 3 ingredients in under 10 minutes. Serve this refreshing topical drink for breakfast or snacks (vegan, gluten-free).
About This Recipe
Lychee Juice (Litchi Juice) is nothing but fresh juicy lychees blended with water, mint, and lime juice and strained through a fine-mesh strainer.
The taste of lychee juice is often described as being similar to a cross between a grape and a strawberry. It is also very refreshing, making it a perfect beverage for hot summer days.
Lychee is a type of small fruit that grows on trees. The tree is native to China, and the fruit has been enjoyed in that country for centuries. The lychee is a delicate fruit with a thin skin and sweet, juicy flesh. It has a sweet, floral flavor that is similar to other fruits in the citrus family.
Litchi juice is becoming increasingly popular in the Western world as people become more interested in exotic fruits and juices. This juice can be enjoyed on its own or mixed with other juices to create delicious blends.
The juice is vegan and gluten-free and this recipe can be easily scaled up or down.
Why Make Lychee Juice At Home
Although lychee juice is easily available in the markets these days, there are many reasons to make it at home.
Homemade lychee juice is often fresher and more flavorful than store-bought varieties. It is also easy to control the sweetness level of homemade juice, as you can add or reduce the amount of sugar according to your taste.
Making your own juice also allows you to avoid any artificial ingredients or added preservatives.
Health Benefits Of Lychee Juice
Litchi juice is not only delicious, but it also offers some health benefits. Lychees are a good source of vitamin C, an important nutrient that helps to boost the immune system.
They also contain antioxidants and flavonoids, which can help to protect the body against damage from free radicals.
Additionally, lychees contain dietary fiber and potassium, both of which are important for maintaining a healthy digestive system.
Lychees (Litchi) – Choose fresh juicy lychees to make the juice. This fruit is available in summer and you will get it at most Asian grocery stores during the summer months.
You can also make the juice using canned lychees but the taste will not be as fresh and refreshing.
Mint – I like to add a few fresh mint leaves to flavor the juice. You can also add some ginger or gooseberry if you wish to.
Sugar – Add a little sugar to sweeten the juice. You can replace sugar with honey or maple syrup or skip the sweetener altogether if the lychees are very sweet
You can also add other juices, such as grapefruit or lime, to create interesting flavor combinations.
How To Make Lychee Juice
Add 15-20 peeled and seeded lychees, 5-6 fresh mint leaves, 2 tablespoon sugar, and 2 cups of chilled water to a blender.
Blend until smooth.
Strain the juice through a fine-mesh strainer. Press the juice with the back of a ladle to get as much juice and then discard the leftover pulp.
Serve over ice.
Frequently Asked Questions
When buying lychees, look for fruit that is plump and has a deep red color. Avoid fruits that are bruised or have any brown spots. Also, smell the fruit to make sure it has a sweet aroma. If the lychees are not in season, you can find them canned or jarred at most grocery stores.
To peel lychee, simply use your fingers to pull the skin away from the flesh of the fruit. You can also use a knife to score the skin of the lychee and then peel it away. Either way, be sure to remove any remaining bits of skin or seeds before eating or juicing the fruit.
If you’re looking for some delicious lychee juice recipes to try at home, here are a few of our favorites:
Lychee Martini – Combine 2 ounces of vodka, 1 ounce of lychee juice, and 1 ounce of dry vermouth in a shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lychee fruit or green olive.
Lychee Sangria – In a pitcher, combine 1 bottle of white wine, 1 cup of lychee juice, ½ cup of brandy, ¼ cup of triple sec, and ½ cup of simple syrup. Stir well and add a sliced lemon, lime, and orange. Let the sangria sit for at least an hour before serving it over ice.
Lychee Lemonade – Combine 1 cup of lychee juice, ½ cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice, ¼ cup of sugar, and 1 quart of water in a pitcher. Stir well and serve over ice. Garnish with a lemon slice if desired.
Once you’ve made your delicious lychee juice, you’ll want to store it properly to ensure that it stays fresh and flavorful.
It can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
If you’re not planning on drinking all of the juice right away, you can freeze it in ice cube trays or freezer-safe containers. Frozen lychee juice will keep for up to 2 months.
When storing the juice, be sure to seal the container tightly to prevent oxidation and degradation of flavor.
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Homemade Lychee Juice Recipe
- 15-20 lychees (peeled and seeded)
- 5-6 fresh mint leaves
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 cups chilled water
- Add all the ingredients to a blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Strain the juice through a fine-mesh strainer. Press the juice with the back of a ladle to get as much juice and then discard the leftover pulp.
- Serve over ice.