This lychee mocktail is perfect for summer parties with friends and family! Made with sweet lychee and floral elderflower, it's light and refreshing and a delicious non-alcoholic drink that comes together in just 10 minutes!
Mocktails have become a little bit of an obsession in our home! Adults love them and the kids feel all grown up enjoying their bubbles. Alongside this lychee mocktail recipe you will find my popular blueberry mocktail and elderflower fizz mocktail here, as well as many others on my mocktails page!
This lychee mint mocktail combines this sweet and very delicious fruit, that I feel is a little overlooked at times, with fragrant elderflower cordial and refreshing mint leaves. It's very easy to make but feels quite elegant. Perfect for entertaining!
Love lychee? Then perhaps you may like to see my lychee smoothie too!
⭐ Why this recipe is so good
Perfectly sweet. Lychee has a unique sweetness that is light and refreshing, with a hint of citrus flavours.
Suitable for all. As this is a non-alcoholic drink, it can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike!
Quick and easy to make. This is such a simple recipe, with no cook time, that comes together in minutes.
All the ingredients and their quantities are set out in the recipe card below.
For this recipe you will need just four ingredients:
- Lychee - the type you get in a can, usually in syrup or fruit juice. They should have already been prepared for use right away.
- Mint - fresh mint leaves, definitely not dried!
- Elderflower cordial - just a touch but it gives a lovely floral note to complement the lychee.
- Sparkling water - I suggest choosing a 'plain' water rather than flavoured or heavily mineralised. You can also use club soda.
⏲️ Equipment needed
Blender - to blend the lychee into a puree.
Fine mesh sieve and bowl - to strain the lychee puree through.
🔪 Step by step instructions
A very simple recipe, this summer mocktail has just a few steps and takes very little time to come together.
Blend the lychee, elderflower cordial and mint leaves in a blender to form a puree (image 1).
Pour the puree into a sieve placed over a bowl (image 2). Let the juice run through the sieve, and help it along by pressing the puree against the sieve with a spoon. Discard the puree left in the sieve.
Assemble your glasses, then pour about half an inch of the puree juice into your glass. Top with ice, then pour on the sparkling water. Give it a stir, garnish with fresh mint leaves and serve immediately.
💭 Recipe tips and notes
- Use only a little of the syrup. When transferring the lychee to the blender from your can it is fine to use a little of the syrup, but I suggest not using too much. About a tablespoon is good.
- Choose a plain sparkling water. A flavoured water will change the taste a great deal.
- Adjust the amount of mint. Fancy a bit of a mojito vibe? Add a little extra mint and a squeeze of lime to your mocktail (perhaps not the lime for my low histamine readers).
📋 Frequently asked questions
Lychee is light and refreshing, with a delightful sweetness and little bit of a floral flavour.
This is to preference, but around half an inch of syrup is good per serving. Add more if you like a punchier and very sweet flavour.
Up to you! Some love an ice cold mocktail with ice, others not. Both are good!
📖 A note for my low histamine readers
Lychee scores '0' on the SIGHI list, meaning that they rate it as low histamine. It is likely this refers to fresh lychee rather than those from a can. If using a can, check that you are able to tolerate the other ingredients, likely a syrup or fruit juice.
I haven't tried it myself yet as I can't source fresh lychee (probably not the right season), but you may be able to make the drink with fresh lychee rather than canned by blending then muddling the fruit with the mint.
🍸 More fun mocktails
Enjoy fun non-alcoholic drinks with friends and family, including my sparkling cherry mocktail and peach mocktail, which are both perfect for summer, or my blackberry mocktail which has a fall vibe to it. Some recent recipes to try out:
- Fine mesh sieve
- 8 lychee canned, in syrup
- 1 tablespoon elderflower cordial
- 1 tablespoon mint leaves
- sparkling water
- Add the lychee (and about a tablespoon of the syrup from the can), elderflower cordial and mint leaves to a blender. Blend to a puree.
- Place a sieve over a bowl, and pour the lychee puree into the sieve. Use the back of a spoon to press the mixture through the sieve. Discard any puree left in the sieve.
- Pour the lychee juice from the bowl evenly into your glasses, then top with ice and sparkling water. Stir, add a mint sprig to garnish, then serve immediately.
- I suggest not using too much of the syrup that comes in the can of lychee. About a tablespoon is good.
- Press the puree through the sieve using the back of a spoon, if needed.
- Give the mocktail a stir before serving so the syrup is combined with the sparkling water.
- Please note that nutritional information is offered as a courtesy. It is auto-generated and should be understood to be an estimate.
- lychee scores 0, but this will likely refer to fresh lychee not canned. Only use from a can if you know you tolerate well and check other ingredients such as the syrup or juice.
- Sparkling water isn't rated on the list.
- Elderflower cordial scores 0, but check the other ingredients of the cordial to be sure you tolerate well.