Celebrate Sneak Like a Ninja Day With Lychee Martinis


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Not a lot of people seem to know about Sneak Like a Ninja Day (December 5), although it’s been going on for over a decade. I suppose keeping things a little under the radar is how the Ninjas would prefer it.

My husband Jon and I celebrate the occasion every year with a party involving sushi (for the Ninjas), pizza (for the Ninja Turtles), and lychee martinis, which, honestly, are right on the fine line between kicking a party into high gear — and killing it stone dead by 9 p.m.

Is it the sweetness, perhaps, that makes people think they can drink more of them than they should? Is it the sneaking that makes guests feel as though it’s their duty to slip an extra one off the bar table?

Either way, be warned. When Jon was doing his post-doc at the University of Warsaw, we threw our annual Sneak Like a Ninja Party, and one of our guests woke up on a train, 300 kilometers away, in Krakow.

Lychee Martini
Vodka (very cold)
Cans of lychees

Shake 1 measure of vodka and 1/2 measure of lychee syrup (from the can) over a lot of ice. Serve with a lychee as a garnish if you like. I usually spear them on cocktail sticks; otherwise they look a bit like eyeballs floating around. I’ll leave that image with you.

Another option — turn these into long drinks with the addition of soda water and a hefty spritz of lime.