The Anna May Cocktail

The Anna May Cocktail evokes flavors of the Far East in a tasty tribute to the late, lovely actress Anna May Wong*.  Golden lychee-based elderflower liqueur, spicy ginger vodka* and lychee juice each contribute their subtle, delicious elements in this intriguing and delectable cocktail.  We honor Anna May Wong’s underappreciated talent with The Anna May Cocktail.  Raise a toast to her and enjoy The Anna May Cocktail or two while watching one of her many movies from Hollywood’s golden age.

The Anna May Cocktail

Total Time: 5 minutes. Serves 2.

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  • 3 oz Elderflower Liqueur*
  • 3 oz of Ginger Vodka*
  • 1 oz Canned Lychees Liquid
  • 1 cup Crushed Ice
  • 2 Canned Lychees


  1. Combine the elderflower liqueur, ginger vodka and lychee liquid into a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add the crushed ice to the cocktail shaker and shake well.
  3. Place one lychee at the bottom of each of two martini glasses.
  4. Strain The Anna May Cocktail into two martini glasses and serve.

The Anna May Cocktail


  • Anna May Wong, born Wong Liu Tsong, was an American actress, considered to be the first Chinese American Hollywood star as well as the first Chinese American actress to gain international recognition. Her varied career spanned silent film, sound film, television, stage, and radio. In 1951, Wong made history with her television show The Gallery of Madame Liu-Tsong, the first-ever U.S. television show starring an Asian American series lead. Source: Wikipedia.
  • Elderflower Liqueur is lychee-based and can be used as a subtle flavoring element in many cocktails.
  • After lots of searching for a ginger vodka which had a ginger-forward but not sweet taste, we tried and succeeded in producing our own. Unlike most commercial brands we do not add any sugar, making it ideal to mix with liqueurs and other sweet spirits or to be enjoyed chilled and neat. Learn to make your own ginger vodka here.

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