martini glass with pink cocktail
Photography, Jérôme Galland

Rose and Lychee Vodka Martini

A rose petal and amaranth blossom infusion adds magic to this martini.

This Rose and Lychee martini is a signature cocktail at the Maison ELLE boutique hotel in Paris, France. Made with Bacanha lychee syrup, a rose petal and amaranth flower infusion (amaranth adds a subtle nutty flavour to balance perfume-y rose), star-anise bitters (try Addition Star Anise Tincture, available at Cocktail Emporium) and topped with a froth of egg white, this martini is as fashionable as the hotel bar it’s served in. A garnish of dried rose petals is the pièce de resistance.

martini glass with pink cocktail

Rose and Lychee Vodka Martini

A rose-petal and amaranth seed infusion mellows out this otherwise floral martini.
Course cocktail, drink
Servings 1 drink


  • oz vodka
  • ¾ oz lemon juice
  • ¾ oz Bacanha lychee syrup
  • 2 dashes star-anise bitters
  • 3 oz petal-and-amaranth-blossom infusion see note
  • 1 egg white
  • ice cubes
  • rose petals for garnish
  • 1 sprig amaranth for garnish


  • Combine vodka, lemon juice, Bacanha lychee syrup, star-anise bitters, petal-and-amaranth-blossom infusion and egg white in cocktail shaker and shake five times. Add ice cubes and shake again until shaker feels cold.
  • Strain through fine-mesh sieve. Pour into glass and garnish with rose petals and amaranth sprig.


To make the petal-and-amaranth-blossom infusion, place 2 big tbsp of dried rose petals and 1 tbsp of amaranth into ½ L of boiling water. Let the flavours infuse until the water has cooled, then strain the liquid.
Keyword lychee, rose, rose martini
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