Friday, June 15, 2007

Soho for Bobos

The bottle of Soho Lychee Liqueur just screamed to me: "gimmicky accoutrement of superficial trend-followers who take up a quasi-Asian aesthetic in a sorry attempt to affect an exotic sophistication!" So of course I had to try it.

Lychees, if you haven't had them, are tropical fruits that grow in the Philippines and other Asian countries. They're like raspberries in texture, being soft and squishy (inside of the red rind, anyway), but sweet in flavor.

Made in France by Pernod Ricard, one of the largest alcoholic beverage companies in the world (brands now owned include Kahlua, Stoli, Seagram's, Chivas, etc), and launched in the U.S. last year, Soho is just made for fruity cocktails. It smells absolutely heavenly (mmmm, lychees ...) and mixes well with all sorts of fruit juices. I had it with fresh limeade, and give it a thumbs up.

By itself, it's definitely on the sweet side (although not overwhelmingly so) but it is pretty smooth, making very some very nice summer sipping in the kitchen in the early evening while one's husband (tee hee!) is making bacon avocado blue cheese sandwiches for dinner.

So I like it. Does that put me in their target audience of the bourgeois bohemian?


  1. My brother makes lychee milkshake things... he loves em.

  2. this is sort of off topic, but thank you thank you thank you for introducing me to pt reyes blue cheese. It just went kosher and its incredible!!! Easily one of the best cheeses I have ever had. I even made a cartoon about it on my blog ( and also took the opportunity there to publicly thank you guys and wish you congratulations on your wedding.
    All the best!!!!!

  3. I'm always up for a new drink, but I've never thought about a liquid lychee alcohol. What would it mix with?

  4. I saw several suggestions for mixing it with grapefruit juice, and it's also probably very good with cranberry juice. I could see it going with lots of different cocktail-y things - it's very fruity.

  5. Anonymous3:23 PM

    Hey, so I've been trying to find this for quite some time in Cleveland... does anyone know where the best place would u? Thanks!

  6. Hey NDawg,

    We found this at Mayfield Beverage on Mayfield road- and you guessed it in Mayfield Hts. At least I think that's the name of the place.

  7. Anonymous4:49 PM

    Thanks! Found it!
    I called a few places, and the beverage store you're thinking of is called Golden Gate Beverages & Liquor.
    Anyways, thanks for your help.