This week Lucy has whipped up a beautiful little cocktail to mark the start of the Chinese Year of the Dog.
This Friday marks the start of the Chinese New Year and this year, it’s the year of the Dog. One of my favourites, I have to say. Not only because I am a dog lover and owner, but because I was born in the Year of the Dog *I won’t mention which one*. Those born in this prestigious year are said to be loyal, true friends and reliable partners and I am inclined to agree. As with most Fridays I will find any excuse for a drink, so this week let’s make it a Lychee Rose Bellini.
The Lychee for me has always had Chinese connotations due to their dessert course appearance at many a Chinese restaurant in the 1970’s. I always adored their perfumed taste, even though those around me swore they were eyeballs of some nature. They are sweet and fragrant and work so well in a cocktail. This Lychee and Rose Bellini is a simple drink, sweetened with a little honey and scented with rose water. All this topped up with the ever popular Prosecco, or if you are really pushing the boat out, Champagne. This is romantic drink too, garnished with a rose petal, so if you are celebrating all things Valentine’s this week and felt like raising a glass, this is a lovely cocktail to whip up. I discovered this recipe on the Sainsbury’s website, thanks to them for the kind inspiration.
Those born in the Year of the Dog are also said to be popular in social circles, apparently, and I can guarantee if you serve a Lychee Rose Bellini to your friends and family, you will be very popular indeed.
This post will appear on Lucy Loves later on this week.
Lychee Rose Bellini Recipe
You will need a cocktail shaker and two champagne or fizz glasses
- 100ml lychee juice
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 2 to 3 drops rose water
- A drop of pink food colouring if you like
- Prosecco or Champagne to top up
- Rose petals to garnish
Take your cocktail shaker and add a handful of ice.
Pour in the lychee juice, honey and the drops of rose water, to taste, add more or less as required, 3 drops worked for me. If you like a bit of romance, add a drop or two of pink food colouring. Shake until well chilled then pour into two flutes or coupes.
Top up with Prosecco or Champagne, garnish with a rose petal and raise your glass to the Year of the Dog.