Approach lychees with apprehension if you must, but try them nonetheless. Trust us — the South Asian fruit does not disappoint. You’ll likely see it chilling on the side of a scrumptious summer cocktail (like the ones below), but we love them in rose macarons and lime granitas too. What’s more, they’re known to have floral undertones while being linked to some SERIOUS nutrients. Read on for 10 lychee cocktail recipes that you will *instantly* love!

1. Basil Lychee Mojito: This cocktail might be called a mojito, but surprisingly, it’s not made with any rum or mint. For a cheap (and easy) version, try this with lychee juice. (via Supergolden Bakes)

2. Lemon Lychee Martini: If you’re into pretty drinks, feast your eyes on this beauty. The lemons bring out more of the semi-sweet flavor of the lychees, which is perfect for that all-girls weekend you’ve been planning. (via Yes to Yolks)

3. Mango Sangria With White Zinfandel and Lychee Liqueur: Could this drink get any more tropical? We think no, if not for the lychees then for the mangos… (via The Tiffin Box)

4. Lychee Lemonade: You can never have too many lemonade recipes. Blend the stone fruit with some mint and you’re on your way to one refreshingly tasty summer. Add some vodka for that cocktail kick, obvi. (via Whisk Affair)

5. Grapefruit, Lime, and Lychee Fizz: Slowly sip this pretty silver-plated drink to fully savor the taste. Two cups of soda water will give it subtle carbonation that will tickle your nose, but if you were to replace half of the soda with gin, that would be great too. (via The Luminous Kitchen)

6. Coconut Lychee Coladas: Chill down from the summer heat with this creamy lychee colada. To feed your coconut obsession, it’s made with both coconut water *and* milk. Mmmm! (via A Beautiful Plate)

7. Lychee, Thai Basil, and Ginger Limeade: If you’re like us, you can drink lemonade all summer long, but why not switch things up? A simple substitution of limes with some fresh basil and ginger will make you question why you didn’t think to make a change sooner. Add a splash of rum to make it a little boozy. (via A Bit Wholesomely)

8. Lychee Iced Tea: Nothing cures the summer heat quite like a tall glass of iced tea. Grab the pitcher and take it poolside. The best part? A little bit of whiskey will take it up a notch. (via A Taste of Joy and Love)

9. Lychee Saketini: We’ve found your new favorite cocktail pops. To make things more interesting, these treats are made with Japanese sake to zero-in on those Asian flavors. (via Baker’s Royale) 

10. Lychee Lime Fizz: If you don’t like the headache of super sweet drinks, you’ll love this bubbly citrus cocktail. Mint leaves are muddled to add more flavor (and sensation) for your drinking pleasure. (via Food, Fashion and Fun)

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