Look at me, I'm trendy! Last night, I went out with a friend from high school to a bar in Libertyville. Firkin is known for its superior selection of beers on tap and has been part of the idyllic Milwaukee Avenue forever. The interior is really cool with colored Christmas lights everywhere and exposed brick. It's where adults go to drink in the suburbs.
Anyhow, I decided to forgo the normal beer for their martini special of the night, the lychee fruit cocktail. Anne later told me this is the next big thing. Lychee, or as the US Food and Drug Administration spells it, litchi, is a fruit from China. If you've never had it, it tastes like a tropical version of a berry. It's quite delicious.
And let me tell you, it packs a potent punch in a cocktail. The cocktail was both sweet and bitter with nice little shavings of ice. Mine was made with vodka, as many martinis are, but I'd imagine lychee fruit would go well with rum as well.
If you're looking for something new, here's an option.