Lychee Lemonade or Litchi juice is a delicious summer drink that can be also used to make cocktails or mocktails.
Fresh lychees are a childhood favourite. This white fleshed fruit is commonly available in India and South Asia during summer.
Lychees are naturally sweet and tasty. It is sold fresh as litchi with a thin stem and a dark pink scaly skin fruit.
The fruit has a dark brown pit and white flesh that can be eaten as is.
You can also freeze the fruit and use it in ice creams or smoothies too.
I love making this lychee lemonade in summer. My kids love it. Combining the sweetness of lychees with the zing of lemon juice gives a lovely, refreshing taste.
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Benefits of Lychees
Lychees are juicy with white flesh and help in improving overall wellbeing.
They are a good source of Vitamin C that strengthens the immune system.
They are good for digestion being rich in fiber.
Lychees are high in antioxidants like flavonoids and polyphenols.
Overall, they are good for health when part of a balanced diet source Healthline.
Ingredients for Lychee Lemonade
Lychees or Litchis: If you can get your hands on fresh lychees or litchis, they are perfect here.
Else canned or frozen litchis work very well too. Just make sure that they don’t have added sugar or preservatives.
You can also use litchi crush or juice. But ensure that they are not loaded with other ingredients.
Lemon juice: Lemon juice gives this lemonade its tang and freshness.
Sugar: Lychees are a sweet fruit on their own with a hint of tartness. Only add as much sugar as is needed.
Cold water or soda: Along with ice cubes, cold water or soda is all that you need for this refreshing lemonade.
Mint leaves: Use them for garnish and a lovely contrast.
While the classic lychee lemonade recipe is already a treat for your taste buds, you can try out different variations for a change.
Mint or Basil Lychee Lemonade: Mint and basil complement the flavour of this delicious lemonade. You can crush some mint leaves or basil leaves and add them to the lemonade for a lovely green touch.
Ginger Lychee Lemonade: Grating a tsp. of ginger adds a nice hint of spice to your Lychee lemonade.
Rose Lychee lemonade: Lychees fruits have a hint of rose in their flavour.
To complement this, you can add some rose flavour or syrup to this drink for a delicious twist.
Cocktails or mocktails: This lychee lemonade makes a perfect base for your cocktails or mocktails.
Add sparkling water, soda or fizzy drink of choice or alcohol for a refreshing drink.
Serve lychee lemonade in a glass filled with ice cubes and garnish with mint leaves for a chilled summer drink.
You can also add some crushed lychees to the lemonade if you like.
If you like a smooth lychee lemonade, you can sieve the mix before serving.
For a gathering, serve lychee lemonade in a punch bowl with floating lychee fruits and lemon slices for a visually appealing and delectable beverage.
Yes. If fresh lychees are not available, using canned lychees or lychee juice is a convenient and equally delicious alternative.
Avoid canned juices with too many additives or sugar.
Yes, you can make lychee lemonade in advance. Make the concentrate and chill in the fridge. Then add water/soda along with ice cubes and garnishes when ready to serve.
Sure. I make it without sugar especially when the fruit or juice is very sweet on its own. Sugar is optional here and only add enough depending upon how much sweetness you desire.
Instructions to Make Lychee Lemonade
If you have fresh lychee fruits, peel and remove the pits. I have used about 20 fruits.
Depending upon how fleshy the fruits are, you may increase or decrease the number.
Keep the lychees aside.
In case, you don’t have fresh lychees, use canned litchis, frozen litchis or even canned litchi juice.
Take 1 tbsp. lemon juice.
In a blender, take together lychee fruit along with lemon juice and 4-5 tsp. sugar.
Blend in a blender till lychees are blended.
You can leave them slightly chunky if you so like or blend them till smooth.
Your litchi juice is ready.
At the time of serving, add 4 cups of water or soda with ice cubes and garnish with mint leaves. Serve right away.
Fresh litchis are best here. But frozen lychees also work well. Canned ones are pretty good too, both fruit or juice. Make sure they do not have too many additives.
Since we have added lemon, some sugar is needed to balance out the tartness. Add sugar as per taste. I prefer my drinks to be less sweet.
This lemonade tastes best fresh. It can be, however, stored in the fridge for 2-3 days.
If you want your lemonade to be smooth, strain it before serving.
This lemonade is very refreshing. Always serve it chilled.
This recipe can be easily doubled or tripled.
Here's the recipe card:
📖 Recipe Card
Lychee Lemonade (Litchi Juice)
- 20 lychees pitted or use 1 cup lychee juice
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice
- 4 cups cold water
- 4 tsp. sugar adjust according to taste
- Ice cubes for serving
- Fresh mint leaves or lychee slices for garnish optional
- If you have fresh lychee fruits, peel and remove the pits. I have used about 20 fruits.
- Depending upon how fleshy the fruits are, you may increase or decrease the number.
- Keep the lychees aside.
- In case, you don’t have fresh lychees, use canned litchis, frozen litchis or even canned litchi juice.
- Take 1 tbsp. lemon juice.
- In a blender, take together lychee fruit along with lemon juice and 4-5 tsp. sugar.
- Blend in a blender till lychees are blended.
- Your litchi juice is ready.
- You can leave them slightly chunky if you so like or blend them till smooth.
- At the time of serving, add 4 cups of water or soda with ice cubes and garnish with mint leaves. Serve right away.
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This was such a fun twist on regular lemonade! It was light, refreshing and perfect for summer!
Thanks, Anjali! Glad you liked it.
Amazing recipe! I underutilize lychees, and this lemonade was a great reminder how much I love them! Thanks - absolutely delicious!
Glad to hear that. Thanks Ieva.
This was super refreshing. Such a great summer drink.
Thanks so much!
I love this creative lemonade! The lychee is such a great flavor.
Thank you so much, Kate.
Amanda Wren-Grimwood says
Love lychees in a fruit salad and they make the most amazing lemonade too. Just found my favourite summer drink.
Awesome! Happy to help.