Lichido Liqueur Review
Vodka and Cognac with Lychee, Guava and White Peach flavor
36 Proof (18% ABV)
Typical Price: $22.99 for 750ml
We keep saying we don't like sweeter drinks, then we keep falling in love with peach-flavored vodkas and cucumber gin. Does it mean we're getting soft in our old age? Maybe - but it also means we're discovering some great drinks. So what does all this mean? It means we really dug the Lichido we reviewed this week...read on to find out what a lychee-infused liqueur tastes like.
The Color:Sky Rockets in Flight
We have to admit, any pink drink makes us a bit skeptical. Lichido isn't quite pink, and has an almost whitish tinge we can't quite describe. Very interesting-looking, and the color looked, well...natural, not some artificial pepto pink.
The Nose: Afternoon Delight
Lichido smells weet, as the three fruits (lychee, guava, white peach) jostle for your attention. There's not much of a whiff of alcohol, which is understandable considering the lower ABV, and it could almost pass for fruit juice on its own.
The Taste: Just Peachy
We usually go for our review drinks straight or on the rocks first up, but the first drink we tried was the Lichido Martini, on the recommendation of Rick over at Martini Lounge (he's got a nice review of it here). One part Lichido to one part vodka, add a splash of lime and we were blown away - not too sweet, with a delicate and exciting flavor. We're talking high-end, impress your boss when he comes over for a dinner party stuff here.
When finally remembered to try it straight and on the rocks, we were pleasantly surprised as well. A bit too sweet for us straight but this is the kind of stuff you could drop some lime and rocks in a glass and feed to your mom on a hot day. It's sweet up front, plus there's something in there that gives it an almost tart tingle. Is it the cognac? The lychee? Who knows, and we don't care...it's good.
The Verdict: Find It, Buy It, Love It
We say get out there and get a bottle. We can envision ourselves mixing a pitcher of Lichido martinis and watching old James Bond movies into the wee hours of the morning, which we might do this weekend. The only hitch is that Lichido is only available in New York right now, which is a bummer. So unless you live in the Empire State or have a friend who can send you a bottle, you're stuck with paying exorbitantly high prices for buying it online. [Update: Turns out you can get Lichido at Bevmax for $22.99, for delivery to most states. Get on that!]
Still, keep an eye out for Lichido arriving in your local liquor store, because they're small right now but we can see this stuff going places. We don't usually hang out in the liqueur section of our local store, but we might start doing so when this bottle runs out...which could be pretty quickly at our current rate of drinking speed.
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Posted by Jake Jamieson at July 12, 2006 9:50 AM