Just when I'd given up all hopes of ever being able to enjoy lychees in North America, the husband managed to save not just the day, but a good 7 years, by scoring a neat haul of the fruit at a local Indian store in Surrey, British Columbia, so I promptly guzzled more than half the spoils and used the remaining to make this sundowner!
gin of any kind (I used Bombay Sapphire, but if you want extra oomph, I recommend Empress Gin)
ripe lychees, a bit excessively muddled
a navel orange, juiced
simple syrup (add more if you like your drinks on the sweeter side)
Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker (or if you're like me and don't own one yet, a protein shaker bottle works *reaally* well). Strain into an old fashioned glass, add some more crushed ice and top off the glass with sparkling water. Garnish with a lychee, slice of orange, and some mint leaves!
Note: Leave out the gin for an equally amazing mocktail!