Lychee pink peppercorn drink can be made in two different ways, served on a spoon, as a jello shot, or as a regular drink.
- Made with with lychee ravioli or caviar, pink peppercorn lemongrass syrup, orange zest, raspberry, served on small spoon.
- Made as drink with white rum, lychee juice, pink peppercorn lemongrass syrup, lemon juice. orange bitters.
I will post the recipe for the drink first as it is easier and faster to make.
|1 1/2 oz white rum|
3/4 oz pink peppercorn – lemongrass syrup
1/2 oz lemon juice
2 oz lychee juice
few drops of orange bitters
Shake hard with ice, strain into a glass filled with crushed ice.
Splash with soda is optional. Garnish with lychee fruit and mint.
Note: I made another variation of this drink with ginger-peppercorn syrup instead, served straight in a cocktail glass. Top with Mango foam.
The purpose of making a drink in a spoon is about flavor pairing, tasting, experimentation, and surprise. It can also be used in drink deconstruction, where some of the ingredients are taken out of the recipe and reintroduced back beside the new cocktail. When combined, you will experience the same flavor as if the drink was made in the usual way. I did that with Bloody Mary – Vodka Martini with tomato caviar on aside.
I used Basic and Reverse Spherification to make the lychee ravioli.
Lychee Pink Peppercorn
- 10 oz lychee juice
- 2 g Sodium Citrate*
- 2.25 g or 0.7% of liquid - Sodium Alginate
- 5 gr Calcium Chloride
- 1000 ml water
Pink peppercorn lemongrass syrup
- 2 stalks of lemongrass
- 2 spoons of pink peppercorns – one of them is cracked
- 1 1/2 cup water
- 1/3 cup sugar
- Boil water, lemongrass, and pink peppercorns. Turn the heat on low and add the sugar.
- Simmer for 3-5 minutes. When sugar is dissolved, put it aside to cool down. Place the syrup in the fridge for 6 hours. Fine strain, bottle, and store in the refrigerator.
Mix lychee juice, dissolve SC first and mix Sodium Alginate with an immersion blender. After dissolving SA, fine strain and put the mixture in the fridge for a few hours or overnight to eliminate any remaining air bubbles.
Dissolve 5 g of calcium chloride into 1L of cold water in another vessel.
To make Ravioli:
Use a small cooking measuring spoon, scoop the SA mix and place a small raspberry into the spoon. Dip the spoon with the SA mix into the CC bath and flip it over. The formed membrane will hold the raspberry inside the Ravioli, wipe the spoon before making new Ravioli. It takes about 2-3 min for the outer gel membrane to form.
To make Caviar use a catheter syringe with a wider tip opening or a squeegee bottle. Drop by drop, squeeze the liquid gently over the bath, from about 11/2″ distance.
Use a slotted spoon to remove the Ravioli/Caviar from the Calcium Chloride bath and rinse it into another vessel filled with cold, clean water. Strain and store in the fridge. The liquid inside the spheres starts to jellify slowly in about 20-30 minutes.
How to serve:
On a small Chinese spoon, pour a little bit of syrup, place the Ravioli on the spoon, and grate orange zest on top.
Use Reverse Spherification if you want to slow down the jelling process in the Ravioli.
Ingredients for Reverse Spherification
10 oz lychee juice
7.5 g or 2.5% Calcium Gluconate
1 g or 0.3% Xanthan gum
2.5 g Sodium Alginate
500 ml - 17 oz approx. distilled water
pH level is 4.2
Prepare the alginate bath by mixing or blending 2.5g SA in 500ml water. I prefer the distilled one.
Put in the fridge until it clears up.
Next, in another bowl, add Calcium Lactate Gluconate - 2% of the flavored base, and mix to dissolve it.
Add Xanthan gum and blend it again until dissolved.
Put in the fridge for a few hours for the bubbles to dissipate, or if in a hurry, strain in it through a fine-mesh strainer. Less incorporated air is an important part of achieving a better round shape.
The order is; a bowl with Calcium Lactate Gluconate mix, a second bowl with Alginate bath, and the third one with clean distilled water for rinsing.
Use a cooking measuring spoon to scoop the CLG mix from the bowl, dip the bottom of the spoon in the alginate bath and slowly flip the spoon over. Make sure the Raviolis don't touch each other and move the spoon around the spheres in the water without touching them.
When they are done, 2-3 min, use a slotted spoon to put them in the clean water bowl.
Use a paper napkin to clean the spoons after each step to prevent cross-contamination, especially between the alginate bath and the Calcium Lactate Gluconate base.
Rinse and use, or store them in flavoring liquid in the fridge. The flavoring agent can be any other flavor or alcohol, in effect infusing them while stored.
* Sodium Citrate - dissolve it first, before adding SA, to increase the pH level to around 5.
I made another version where I used ginger-peppercorn syrup instead of orange zest. I used Nutella powder to sprinkle on top.
Keep the Ravioli in a container with some water or the same mixture. If there is too much liquid in the vessel, the Ravioli will start leaching flavor.