Ichigo Illusion – a strong yet refreshing cocktail

I’m falling in love with cocktails. I know it’s a strange occurrence when I can’t even drink more than half a standard drink but it’s true. It’s the vibrant colours and the refreshing ingredients (not to mention sometimes it’s actually quite delicious) that has me hooked. It doesn’t help when Yuye loves making cocktails and even has a mini bar of his own (it’s actually bigger than some real bars I’ve been to).

I made another cocktail that looked a little Christmassy – I know Christmas is over but I can’t get enough of that lovely green and red combination so here’s a little post Christmas booze hit, I’m sure you haven’t had enough yet. The name “Ichigo Illusion” is a twist on the popular Midori Illusion drink. ‘Ichigo’ means ‘strawberries’ in Japanese and of course is also the name of my blog! 😀

This cocktail is a bit stronger than the Pimm’s one, and contains more than a standard drink. Please drink responsibly.Ichigo Illusion (an original recipe by Ichigo Shortcake)
Serves 2


– 2 strawberries
– 1/4 lemon
– a few mint leaves
– 1 shot Soho Lychee Liqueur
– 1 shot Midori
– 1 shot Vodka (I used Finlandia, but any vodka can be used)
– handful of ice cubes

Note: You will also need a shaker and a pestle. 1 shot roughly equals 45mLs.Technique:

1. Pour Soho Lychee Liqueur, Midori and vodka into a shaker

2. Put in mint leaves, ice cubes and squeezed lemon juice then shake well. Shake harder and longer if you want a cooler and well mixed drink.

3. Pour liquid from shaker into 2 small cocktail glasses.4. Smash strawberries with pestle until no large pieces remain then carefully place strawberry bits into the bottom of the 2 glasses with a long and thin spoon.

You can also add mint leaves and extra lemon juice to the end product if you want to, or even a cut wedge of strawberry on the side of the glass. If you find this cocktail too strong, you can add it to fresh ice cubes in a tall glass and enjoy it that way, however you probably can’t get to the strawberries if you do so.

You may have noticed the murky slightly ugly looking cocktail glass in the background. The reason why I say to pour the drink in first and then place the strawberries is because when you pour the liquid on top of the mushed strawberries, they mix together and turn brown.This drink smells a lot like lychee and I loved how refreshing it was. However, it was a bit too strong in alcoholic content for me and I really only took a few sips then gave the rest to Yuye. 😛 I need to really build up tolerance for alcohol especially when I’m getting addicted to making them!

Question time: Do you like your alcoholic beverages stronger or weaker (ie. in a shot glass or in a tall glass with ice and fruit)?

I prefer mine not as strong and preferably fruity, and even then I’d need about 1-2 hours to finish one drink. I’m so pathetic.

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  • Choux-Fleur December 26, 2011, 11:58 pm

    Ichigo illusion looks delicious! I suppose I like my cocktails a little weaker, but they need to have a good balance. Some cocktails have too much booze in it and it makes it very difficult to drink. I always like going to TGI Friday's and ordering some kind of weird cocktail. My dad really likes the chocolate kind of cocktail.

  • leaf (the indolent cook) December 27, 2011, 12:57 am

    I'm similar to you when it comes to alcohol. I can't drink much but some of those cocktails are so interesting and tasty!

  • bunnyy December 27, 2011, 1:38 am

    ooooooo did u take pics on the wood u painted??? it looks yummmyyyyyyy <3 <3

  • marthameetslucy December 27, 2011, 5:16 am

    That looks really good. I just discovered how much I love a sidecar. Its a little ridiculous how quickly I can drink them.

  • Akika (Ichigo Shortcake) December 27, 2011, 11:11 am

    @Choux-Fleur, I agree, a good balance is essential. I don't usually order cocktails when I go out unless if it's a bar actually. I usually have to drive and I die after half a glass so 😛 I love chocolate cocktails too! I think I might make one some time. 😀

    @leaf, they are quite interesting, I always fall into that trap though, the colours look too good and then I start drinking…and my head starts to spin. 😛

    @bunnyy, yes! They are the wood…but the ones I used were unpainted, I found the ones I did paint reflected light too much 🙁 shouldn't have listened to dad about using the clear paint he had…

    @marthameetslucy, I've never tried the sidecar…seems strong 😛 I have cointreau at home, probably not the other ingredients I think…need to stock up more alcohols!!

  • Hannah December 27, 2011, 2:33 pm

    I'm known amongst my friends for being able to make one Corona last three hours, so I'd be with you in taking this cocktail slooooooow 😛 Love the idea of lychee!

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella December 27, 2011, 4:24 pm

    Hehe I thought that I was the only one that couldn't manage a full cocktail. but like you, it doesn't mean that I don't enjoy them! 😀

  • batasan December 27, 2011, 5:23 pm

    it looks like a metroid

    a refreshing metroid


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