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SOHO Lychee Liqueur is the bestselling lychee liqueur in the worldSOHO Lychee Liqueur - Review

Spirit of Romance

by Jeff Hoyt

Although SOHO has just been introduced into the American market, it is already the bestselling lychee liqueur in the world. The first liqueur of its kind available in the United States makes a fine addition to restaurants and home bars as an ingredient for exotic mixed drinks, as well as straight from the bottle.

Lychees, also known as lychee nuts, are actually fruits with a thin, brittle, red skin that peels off to reveal a grape-like flesh surrounding a smooth brown pit. Their heart-like shape may be why they have been revered as a symbol of love and romance for centuries in Asia, where they are indigenous.

The fragrant, colorless liqueur imported from France is surprisingly smooth and refreshing, with a silky texture. Sipping it neat results in no alcoholic burn, due to its low 42-proof. The taste of the light beverage distilled from Asian lychees reveals a hint of rose petal. Women will appreciate its lightness, but it is not so sweet as to turn off a majority of men.

With the fresh fruit only available for part of the year, don’t be surprised to see more lychee cocktails on menus as the availability of SOHO spreads. Try making one of your own.

Price: $19

Bubbling Lychee-Grapefruit Martini

Bubbling Lychee-Grapefruit Martini
2 parts SOHO Lychee Liqueur
2 parts Premium Vodka
Splash of Grapefruit Juice
2 parts Champagne

Serve in a martini glass with a lemon twist garnish.

For another lychee-flavored spirit, try Lichido
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