Tenzin: "I know you're frustrated, but these teachings will sink in over time. Then, one day, they'll just click."In the world of "Avatar", Lychee nuts are found in the Earth Kingdom and Fire Nation as well as around the Western Air Temple. The first mention of lychee nut juice though comes from this episode of "The Legend of Korra" (s.1, ep.2), so one can assume it is a common drink in the United Republic of Nations and its capitol, Republic City. Outside of the world of "Avatar", lychee nuts are common in Asia and even though they're called nuts, the lychee is in fact a fruit with a bumpy, red rind covering a soft, pale pulp. The fruit is piney, floral scented, and sweet.
Korra: [Deep breath. Short pause] "Yeah. It's not sinking in yet. I'm gonna go get a glass of lychee juice [she pronounces it LEE-CHEE, the Mandarin way]."
Tenzin: [Calls after her] "Korra! The meditation's not over yet." [Korra does not come back]
Ikki: "Daddy! Can I have some lychee juice too?"
Tenzin: "No." [Meelo, asleep in his meditation position, falls over]
Note: Because lychees are super sweet the lemon juice in the recipe below is used to offset it. If you'll only be adding water to the lychee juice, you can try it without the lemon first & stir it in to taste. If you'll be making the fizzy lychee juice with Sprite, using the lemon juice is a good call as Sprite has a sweetness of its own. Combining the club soda with the Sprite tames the sweetness a little bit as well.
Alternate Recipe: Lychee Tea
Republic City's Lychee Nut Juice
1 Can Whole Lychees
(obtainable from an Asian market or from the international section of a regular grocery store)
1/4 Cup Lemon Juice
3 Cups Cold Water
2 Cups Sprite + 1 Cup Club Soda
Fresh mint leaves (optional for garnish)
1. Open the can of lychees & pour the contents (water & fruit) into a blender. Blend until you have a cloudy, foamy liquid with no chunks of fruit, just pulp. Place a fine netted strainer over a pitcher & pour the contents of the blender through the strainer. Use a spoon to stir, press, & scrape down the pulp in the strainer to help the liquid get through. Once all of the liquid is in the pitcher discard the pulp.
2. Add the lemon juice to the pitcher. Next, add the water OR Sprite + club soda & stir. Pour into serving cups & garnish with fresh mint leaves (optional).