Last Updated on June 21, 2021 by Chef Mireille
Homemade Citrus Punch with Blood Orange and Lychee is a refreshing fruit punch great for hot summer days. This recipe can easily be adapted with other oranges or rambutan (if lychee isn’t available).
If you want to bring your fresh lemonade or limeade to the next level, this is the way to do it!
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What does summer mean to you?
One of the best things about summer is the abundance of fruits not available in other seasons. With this excess of fresh fruits, it’s the time to make things like homemade jam, homemade ice cream and sorbet and refreshing fruit punch.
The first time I ever tasted lychee was in beverage form at a Malaysian restaurant many years ago. It was my first experience with both lychee and Malaysian food and I immediately became a fan of both. I went on a search for lychee all throughout Chinatown. At that time, it was only available canned.
It is now easy to find fresh lychee in Chinatown, as well as any good quality supermarket. It’s now the season for it. Instead of just eating them as is, I decided to try using them in some recipes this year. It took a lot of self control to resist eating while I was peeling and pitting them.
While I loved the lychee drink I ordered, the cloudy off white beverage is not the most aesthetically pleasing thing to look at. In this lychee drink, I added some blood orange juice to give it some color so the aesthetics will match the flavor.
Not only color, but blood orange adds a tart sweet flavor that really enhances the flavor of the fresh lime and lychees!
While you’re at it, here are a few other refreshing summer drinks you want to try!
- Rhubarb Iced Tea
- Haitian Style Rum Punch
- Mango Lassi
- Strawberry Slushie
- Lassi Patiala
- Pineapple Strawberry Agua Fresca
Fresh Citrus Punch with Blood Orange
- Put the lychees in a blender or food processor and puree well.
- Add lime juice, blood orange juice, water and lychee juice.
- Blend until thoroughly combined.
- Add sugar and mix well.
- Strain, if desired. However, the pulp does not bother me.
- Serve over ice.
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