The recipe was born as an afterthought. Sam loves lychees — canned, for convenience — and her favorite thing to do with them is to make a lychee smoothie by roughly pureeing the fruits in a blender along with the syrup, sugar and ice. But because she can’t finish an entire can of lychees by herself, whenever she makes lychee smoothie, everyone else in the house gets a glass (or two or three) of her addictive potion. Well, except Alex who really doesn’t like lychees.
One time, we had guests at home and Sam made her signature lychee smoothie. But because we were already having cocktails, I commented that, perhaps, Sam could add something alcoholic to her smoothie to make it a bit more attuned with the rest of the drinks that we were having. She said, rather automatically, “Rum.” I took my glass, poured some rum into it, stirred everything and tasted the mixture. It tasted good — but it needed something more. Lemon, I thought, and I squeezed a quarter of a lemon into the glass. I stirred the drink again and it was awesome. Perfect for a sweltering summer night. »