The Creepy Lychee Eyeball Garnish for Halloween Cocktails

This eyeball garnish may look disgusting, but the mix of fruit is great and it's a perfect compliment to fruit martinis.

Halloween is filled with all things creepy and cocktails are no exception. There are many things that you can do to add a little fright to your drinks, and this eyeball garnish is one of my favorites.
This garnish idea came with the Mad Eye Martini, which is a brilliant blue, fruit-filled vodka martini that is perfect for many occasions beyond Halloween. When you add this skewered eyeball, the drink takes a sinister turn and really comes into the spirit of the holiday.

The eyeball is made using three simple ingredients: lychee, red fruit preserves, and blueberry. It is an easy garnish to construct and would make a perfect addition to many other fruit cocktails beyond its original martini. Explore Halloween cocktails...

Though it may look unappetizing, it is actually delicious and this is one garnish that I encourage you to eat.

Recipe By Colleen Graham
Source: thespruceeats.com

What you will need:
  • Canned lychee fruit
  • Fresh blueberries
  • Red fruit preserves (strawberry or raspberry work best)
  • Small knife, spoon, or toothpicks
  • Garnish skewers

Eyeball Garnish: Begin with Lychee
How to Make a Lychee Eyeball Garnish for Halloween Cocktails

The first (and only) challenge with creating the lychee eyeball garnish is finding the lychee.
The lychee is a popular little fruit in Asian cuisine and it should be easy to find at your local international food market. Sometimes you can find the fresh fruit, but in this case, canned lychee are ideal and much easier to work with. Pick up a can or two more than you think you will need because sometimes the fruit are damaged in the canning process (though that is not necessarily a bad thing for this purpose).

When you have your lychee, pour the can out it into a strainer to separate the fruit from the juice and allow the lychee to dry a bit (I encourage you to save and enjoy the juice, even if it is just topped with a clear soda). The lychee have a membranous feel to them and they're hollow so they're a little slippery to work with when can-fresh wet, so it's good to leave them out for at least half an hour. You will also notice that they have a natural hole in one side and next we will fill this hole with our eyeball innards.

Eyeball Garnish: Fill with Fruit Preserves
How to Make a Lychee Eyeball Garnish for Halloween Cocktails

This step is where the actual lychee eyeball construction begins. You will need a jar of red fruit preserves. In the example, we used red raspberry - which has a darker red look - and strawberry, cherry, or any other red preserve will work as well.

Using a small knife or other flat tool, fill the hollow lychee with preserves by scooping it into the lychee's hole. The lychee is delicate, so we found that an artist's palate knife (designated for food, of course) works perfect for getting the preserves inside the flesh because it also has some flex to it. Palate knives can be found at any craft or art store and are an inexpensive addition to the kitchen or bar that you will find come in handy in occasions such as this.

Eyeball Garnish: Finishing Up with a Blueberry
How to Make a Lychee Eyeball Garnish for Halloween Cocktails

The final steps in creating this eyeball garnish is to insert a blueberry into the lychee hole then spreading the 'bloody' preserves along the outside.

The last step in the lychee eyeball garnish is easy. Begin by rinsing blueberries and then pick out a few of the most gruesome that will fit into the hole of your lychee.
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