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Creepy Halloween Eyeball Martini ( Lychee Matcha and Blood Orange Martini)

I love creepy Halloween cocktails and I had some fun creating these.  Creepy Halloween Eyeball Martini. Or “Eyeball-tini” as my kids like to call it since Shrek in one of the gazillion Shrek movie drinks eyeball-tinis. You could also just call it a lychee, matcha and blood orange martini if the eyeball part grosses you out. Any way you call it, these are creepy and delicious.

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Creepy Eyeball Martini (Lychee, Matcha and Blood Orange Martini) www.pineappleandcoconut.com

I love lychees, their flavor reminds me of one of my favorite liqueur, Elderflower. I used the juice from the canned lychees in this cocktail. There is a lot of leftover juice/syrup from the can that you can use for more cocktails, or reserve for later. It freezes easily.

You can also make these cocktails non-alcoholic and use a little more of the lychee juice in the drink and substitute the vodka for coconut water, any light colored juice or even flavored or plain sparkling water. Coconut water or plain sparkling water is my favoir te to use.

Non-alcoholic versions of these cocktails are super refreshing and good for everyone, not just kids!

Creepy Eyeball Martini (Lychee, Matcha and Blood Orange Martini) www.pineappleandcoconut.com

I was thinking at first that this creepy eyeball martini might be a little too gross, but I went for it anyway. So many “gross” Halloween foods that kids love, why not make something for the adults?  The “eyeballs” are lychees and fresh blueberries. They lychees have a slippery texture so I think they look pretty realistic. For my Halloween standards that is.

Creepy Eyeball Martini (Lychee, Matcha and Blood Orange Martini) www.pineappleandcoconut.com

When I first was creating the cocktail I loved the flavor of the lychee juice and the vodka together but I wanted something more. I also wanted the drink to have a greenish-yellow tinge to it without artificial color.  I did several tests with a few different brands of green tea I have as well as pure matcha powder.

The best, greenest color I found was from Republic of Tea Double Green Matcha Tea. I wanted to do more than just add green tea to the martini so I had an ” ah ha!” moment and made simple syrup with it. Ooh wow. So good!

Creepy Eyeball Martini (Lychee, Matcha and Blood Orange Martini) www.pineappleandcoconut.com

The eyeballs remind me of “Beetlejuice”. That is one of my favorite movies. Its campy, its funny and has a good amount of creep factor to it without being too gross. I love Halloween, but I am not a fan of the super duper gross, gory and the whole obsession with super bloody zombie TV shows is beyond me.

I like fun Halloween with a little creep factor. Like fruit eyeballs in martinis.

Creepy Eyeball Martini (Lychee, Matcha and Blood Orange Martini) www.pineappleandcoconut.com

The martini is watching you… I showed these pics to my friend Sam who’s birthday just so happens to be on Halloween and she suggested taking pics with the eyeballs “floating” in the martinis. They are creepy however you decide to garnish the drinks with them. And they also make for tasty snacks. The lychees stuffed with blueberries are going into my daughters’ lunches this week.

My girls had fun helping me make the eyeballs, and I was amazed I had enough for the cocktail photos,  they kept eating the lychees and blueberries!!

Creepy Eyeball Martini (Lychee, Matcha and Blood Orange Martini) www.pineappleandcoconut.com

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Creepy Eyeball Martini ( Lychee Matcha and Blood Orange Martini)

Preparation 15 mins Cook Time 5 mins Serves 2     adjust servings

Creepy Eyeball Martini (Lychee, Matcha and Blood Orange Martini) www.pineappleandcoconut.com Makes 2 martinis

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces Vodka ( Ised Ciroc)
  • 3 ounces lychee syrup/juice (canned lychees, drained, reserve syrup/juice and lychees)
  • 2 ounces Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur
  • 1 ounce green tea simple syrup**

For the Simple Syrup

Garnish

  • Lychees
  • Blueberries
  • skewers

Instructions

    For the Simple Syrup:

    1. Bring water to a boil and pour into glass measuring cup. Let sit for one minute then add the green tea bag. Let steep 3 minutes. Remove the bag and add in the sugar, stir until dissolved then chill completely before using. This makes more than the drink calls for, store the remaining simply syrup in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Use it to sweeten other cocktails or even just a cup of green tea.

    For the Cocktail:

    1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add in all the cocktail ingredients, shake well and divide between two martini glasses. Take a couple of the lychee fruits and put blueberries in them to make the “eyeballs” either sink a couple into the drinks or skewer and rest on top. Serve drinks chilled.

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    Recipe Notes

    You can make the simple syrup ahead of time so its ready to go when making the martinis instead of making it and waiting for it to cool.
    To make these non-alcoholic substitute coconut water for the vodka, or any light colored juice that won't overpower the light flavors of the lychee and matcha

    Creepy Eyeball Martini (Lychee, Matcha and Blood Orange Martini) www.pineappleandcoconut.com

    Creepy Halloween Eyeball Martini ( Lychee Matcha and Blood Orange Martini)

    Ingredients

    • Creepy Eyeball Martini ( Lychee Matcha and Blood Orange Martini)
    • Author: Shanna
    • Prep time: 15 mins
    • Cook time: 5 mins
    • Total time: 20 mins
    • Serves: 2
    • Ingredients:
    • 4 ounces Vodka ( I used Ciroc)
    • 3 ounces lychee juice (from canned lychees in syrup, reserve remaining syrup/juice and lychees)
    • 2 ounces Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur
    • 1 ounce green tea simple syrup**
    • For the Simple Syrup:
    • 6 oz water
    • 6 oz cup sugar
    • 1 Matcha green tea bag
    • Garnish:
    • Lychees
    • Fresh Blueberries
    • skewers

    Instructions

    For the Simple Syrup:

    Bring water to a boil and pour into glass measuring cup. Let sit for one minute then add the green tea bag. Let steep 3 minutes. Remove the bag and add in the sugar, stir until dissolved then chill completely before using. This makes more than the drink calls for, store the remaining simply syrup in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Use it to sweeten other cocktails or even just a cup of green tea.

    For the Cocktail:

    Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add in all the cocktail ingredients, shake well and divide between two martini glasses. Take a couple of the lychee fruits and put blueberries in them to make the “eyeballs” either sink a couple into the drinks or skewer and rest on top. Serve drinks chilled.

    Notes

    You can make the simple syrup ahead of time so it's ready to go when making the martinis instead of making it and waiting for it to cool.[br]To make these non-alcoholic substitute coconut water for the vodka, or any light colored juice that won't overpower the light flavors of the lychee and matcha. A lightly flavored or plain sparkling water would also be a great substitute for the vodka

    World Market non food items used in post (Food items are linked in recipe)

    Martini Glasses

    Glass Lab Taper Candle Holders ( I used these as potion bottles)

    Black Trilogy Small Square Bowls

    Spider Web Table Cloth

     Scary Gauze Fabric

    Thanks to World Market for sponsoring this post. I am a World Market Brand Ambassador and as always all opinions are my own. I never work with brands I don’t believe in and you all know how awesome World Market is!

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