Rickety Eyeball Punch, 10/31/12

      Michael Lanari

      Kitchen & Bath Concepts



      • 12 to 24 fresh blueberries
      • 12 canned lychees in syrup, drained, plus 5 to 6 tablespoons syrup from the can
      • 3 cups blueberry juice cocktail
      • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (about 4 limes)
      • 2 cups sparkling water
      • Ice
      • 3/4 cup gin, optional


      Stick 1 to 2 blueberries, depending on their size, into the cavity of each lychee. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet and freeze, about 1 hour. (Wait until the "eyeballs" thaw a bit before eating, so that you don't choke on them.)

      Stir together 5 tablespoons of the lychee syrup, the blueberry juice and lime juice in a bowl or pitcher until combined. Stir in the sparkling water and add the lychee eyeballs. If it is a bit tart for your taste, add the remaining tablespoon syrup.

      Serve in tall glasses over ice, spooning the lychee eyeballs into the glasses as you pour. For a grown-up twist, stir in the gin before adding the sparkling water. Enjoy!