Sweet, floral and dangerously gulpable, the Lychee Martini arrived on the scene a couple of decades ago and just refuses to leave. And with good reason. Clean and crisp, it’s one of the better fruity Martini iterations to flood the market. Most commonly seen on cocktail menus at Asian fusion spots, the drink’s tropical flavors work beautifully with spicy Asian foods, but it’s also perfectly delicious served solo as an aperitif or digestif.
During Prohibition, Americans escaped their dry confines to vacation in Cuba, where they were free to sip rum and cocktails. The Cubans weren’t too fond of their northern neighbor’s mixed drinks, though, until the El Presidente cocktail came along. Some say that American bartender Eddie Woelke invented the drink at Havana’s Jockey Club, where...