You know it is my favorite time of the year when Maya Kitchenette’s logo decides to swap its regular look for a snazzy red hat! 😀
So, what’s up guys? How’s everyone doing with their Christmas preparations? Lately, things have been a bit overwhelming for me as my brother was in the hospital and my mom hasn’t been feeling too well. It’s tough when the people you care about are facing health challenges – it weighs heavily on your mind. On the brighter side, Michael Buble has started crooning his Christmas carols to “serenade me”. Plus Christmas shopping therapy is about to start. There’s nothing like a little Christmas cheer and a new baking pan to lift the spirits, right?
While I was busy brainstorming Christmas recipes, mocktails instantly sprang to mind. Beverages play a significant role in entertaining, and since we do not consume alcohol, mocktails are the perfect solution. Christmas gatherings are all about merriment, and who says only adults can relish fancy concoctions? Let’s craft some delightful drinks that cater to everyone’s taste buds, from the tiniest taste buds to those soon-to-be mommies.
Lychee also known as litchi is one of my favorite fruits, so I had to somehow make a mocktail out of it! While fresh lychees are seasonal and native to Southeast Asia, the canned variety (which remains incredibly delicious and juicy) serves as a fantastic base for this mocktail. Besides their exquisite taste, lychees offer a good dose of vitamins C and A, along with fiber and potassium, making them a nutritious addition to this refreshing drink.
Mojitos typically contain rum, but this virgin version is ideal for those who prefer to stay sober and mindful when driving home from a party! The delightful Virgin Lychee Mojito is both fresh and delicious. The lychee lends a sweet, slightly floral taste. Honestly, I don’t need a special occasion to indulge in this drink. It’s a perfect fit for Singapore’s warm and humid climate, providing a refreshing sip year-round.
Here’s a breakdown of the four main ingredients used for those who are new to lychee:
Lychees – Canned or fresh lychee. I’ve used canned lychees.
Lychee syrup – You can purchase lychee syrup separately, but I utilized the syrup that comes with the canned lychees.
Lychee juice/drink – This isn’t fresh lychee juice but a bottled or packaged variety available year-round with a longer shelf life. I added a bit of this to intensify the lychee flavor, but feel free to skip it if it’s unavailable.
Lime soda – 7-Up or Sprite are suitable choices, but if you’re aiming to reduce sugar intake, sparkling water can be used instead.
Lychee might be unfamiliar to some of you, but if you manage to get your hands on a can of lychees, I highly encourage you to give this Virgin Lychee Mojito recipe a try! Ditch the booze, and embrace the fizz for this year’s Christmas entertaining. Let’s clink glasses with something equally special, bubbly, and delicious!
- 1 can of lychees, in syrup (reserve the syrup)
- ½ cup of lychee syrup
- 1cup of lychee juice
- 4 cups of lime soda/sparkling water (I used sprite)
- 1 sprig of mint leaves, for garnishing
- Mix all of the ingredients in a jug.
- Pour into glasses and garnish with mint leaves.