Lisa's Lychee Margarita Recipe
BY GEORGIA ROSE
There are endless possibilities with a margarita, and as with this recipe, it's a foolproof way to add any seasonal fruits as you wish - but I urge you to try lychees first.
1 MAR - 2021
To be honest, as long as you have the correct amount of ice - you can’t go wrong! This lychee margarita is idiot-proof.
First, let’s start with the story of how I came to know and love Lisa’s lychee margarita.
Lisa is an eccentric, wild and lovable artist who I have known for many years. When the opportunity popped up to house-sit Lisa’s art haven in the Bay of Plenty, I knew it would be a wild ride for Sophie who was eager for beach days spent in The Mount.
Upon arrival, Sophie was met with a barrage of quirky and to put it lightly, unique art. Think lifesize rabbit-woman sculpture, a hare with deer antlers, a screen-printed photographer named Sam, stalking in the garden... She also has two cats; a maine coon named Richie McClaw and a pixie bob called Scarlet; of which she brushes the hairs out of and collects, to create perfectly spherical hairballs which then become the beads of a sculptural necklace. Like I said, Lisa’s eccentric! There’s also quite a few pieces that are a portmanteau of baby dolls and sculptures mixed with animal parts. It sounds crazy, I know, but I always anticipate what new art pieces Lisa would have installed every time I visit. MoMA has nothing on Lisa’s house and that’s coming from Sophie who visited the NYC one. I don’t think she particularly liked the MoMA aside from the ginormous Monet and Van Gogh pieces.
Anyway, to ensure the weekend was a full immersion of Lisa’s quirky creativity, cocktails were a must. Anytime I am a guest at Lisa’s abode - the nutribullet is sure to come out (only to be used for alcoholic purposes of course). Sticking with tradition, a lychee margarita is a sure-fire way to a successful weekend. At first, Sophie was hesitant about the use of margarita mix, but let's just say we made a lot more than one round and mixed with some premium spa time in the thick of summer, it went down an absolute icy treat.
A Curation Of Lisa's Art
1x tin of Lychees. Use 4-5 Lychees and ⅓ cup of Lychee Juice
80 mls of Tequila - we recommend Herradura or Patron
½ Cup of Jose Cuervo Margarita Mix
½ Nutribullet of Ice or two large handfuls
A couple of lychees to garnish
As mentioned earlier - this recipe is foolproof and is especially perfect for when you’re already a few drinks in and you cbf playing mixologist. If you want to wing the measurements, go for it, we only decided to measure out ingredients for recipe purposes.
Ice first, add all ingredients to a nutribullet or blender. Blend for 30 seconds, and voilà. Choose some fancy martini glasses, pour in and garnish with a lychee on the side.
If the cocktail is a little watery - just add more ice. If you find yourself in the opposite situation - just add a little more lychee juice & tequila!
When I made them for the crew, I kinda just went glug glug glug and poured the liquids in equal share.
You can expect a sweet and slightly tangy flavour profile - something Sophie was surprised about as she isn't a huge fan of a sweet drink. It makes for a fantastic fresh slushy for an afternoon marinating in the sun.