DIY Cocktails book giveaway! All of the names went into a hat and...drumroll please...the winner is...Gina Rebecca Ruth Becker! And here is her winning cocktail recipe:
The Sexy Librarian
2 oz lychee-infused vodka
2 oz pineapple juice
1 oz cranberry juice
1 tbsp Cointreau
Shake and serve in a chilled cocktail glass, garnish only with your lips.
How to infuse your vodka:
Start with a medium- to high-quality vodka. (The Kirkland brand from Costco is surprisingly good and you can get a toddler-sized bottle for a good price.) Fill a 12 or 16 oz Ball jar halfway with peeled lychee and pour to cover with vodka. Store in a cool, dark place for two weeks. Remove fruit and store vodka in freezer.
When it's all done, try eating a lychee by itself if you can stand it--basically all of the water in the fruit is exchanged for vodka, so you know what that means. Also, if you're like me, you've been pronouncing it "lie-chee." When the hippie at Whole Foods corrects you ("it's actually 'lee-chee'") you can tell him your librarian said it may be pronounced either way (see http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lychee). :)
Special thanks to Marcia Simmons and Jonas Halpren of Drink of the Week.