Kai Lychee

There’s a world of vodka out there. Browse the supermarket aisles and you could leave in need of a drink. From pomegranate (sooo last year), to passion fruit, flavored vodka is the largest growing category in the multi million-dollar spirits market.

KAI Vodka was introduced to Hawaii in May, and has already become popular at local bars and restaurants. The lychee-flavored version kicks up any cocktail. Hand-crafted in Vietnam, KAI (pronounced “kh-eye”) Vodka is distilled from rare Yellow-Blossom Rice grown in small villages along North Vietnam’s Red River Delta.

Joey Gottesman, Master Mixologist, suggests these delicious drinks.

Kai Vodka Drinks Recipes

Creations by Master Mixologist: Joey Gottesman

1. Miss Saigon

* 1 1/2 oz. Kai Lychee Vodka
* 1/4 oz. Triple Sec
* 1 lime wedge, squeezed
* 3/4 oz. cranberry juice
* Shake and strain into martini glass
* Top with 1 oz. champagne

2. Kai Lychee Martini

* 3 oz. Kai Lychee Vodka
* Shake and strain into martini glass
* Garnish with lychee fruit

3. Yellow-Blossom Martini

* Rim martini glass with a mixture of sugar and cinnamon
* 2 oz. Kai Lychee vodka
*1 oz. of freshly pureed pineapple

To make pineapple puree, cit and discard the pineapple core. Cut pineapple into pieces and puree in blender until smooth.

* Mix vodka and pineapple puree in a shaker and shake and strain into a martini glass

4. MeKong Martini

* 3/4 oz. Kai Lychee Vodka
* 3/4 oz. Melone Liqueur
* shake and strain into a martini glass
* Shake 1 oz. of cranberry juice separately and pour down the side of the martini glass to create a separate layer. (the cranberry juice will settle at the bottom of the glass so that the bottom layer is red and the top layer is green)
* This recipe can also be served on the rocks following the same order.

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