Creepy Halloween Eyeball Martini ( Lychee Matcha and Blood Orange Martini) – a super fun Halloween themed cocktail.
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.
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 favorite to use.
Non-alcoholic versions of these cocktails are super refreshing and good for everyone, not just kids!
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, and they passed the gross test from my kids. They definitely thought these were gross and a little creepy.
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!
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. But I have many friends that love that stuff.
I like fun Halloween with a little creep factor. Like fruit eyeballs in martinis.
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!!
This recipe calls for two martinis, but it is easy to make a larger batch, even a pitchers worth to have at a Halloween party. All the components can be made in larger quantities easily.
A few notes before the recipe:
- You can make the “eyeballs”and the simple syrup ahead of time and keep chilled until ready to use
- The “eyeballs” freeze well and would look awesome floating in a punch bowl. You could also place the “eyeballs” in ice cube trays and fill with water/coconut water for even creepier ice cubes.
- These can easily be made into mocktails – omit the vodka and replace with a clear juice, sparkling water or coconut water. Replace the blood orange liqueur with blood orange juice (fresh or you can use Pellegrino blood orange soda – so good!)
- Creepy Eyeball Martini ( Lychee Matcha and Blood Orange Martini)
- 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
- Fresh Blueberries
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.
- 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.
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
- You can make the simple syrup and "eyeballs" ahead of time. The eyeballs could be frozen as is on a waxed paper lined baking sheet until frozen then stored in an airtight bag or container until ready to use or frozen in ice cube trays with water/juice/coconut water combo for even creepier ice cubes