Cherry Blossom Cocktail

Celebrate the start of cherry blossom season (and the fact that it's the weekend) with this yummy Japanese cocktail.

Cherry Blossom Cocktail

Celebrate the start of cherry blossom season (and the fact that it’s the weekend) with this yummy Japanese cocktail.

-Recipes courtesy of Japanese Cocktails by Yuri Kato (Chronicle Books, 2010), amazon.com

CHerry Blossom Cocktail

Japanese Spirits Expert Yuri Kato concocted this Cherry Blossom Cocktail to celebrate the start of cherry blossom season – a wonderful time in April when “sakura” trees in Japan sprout beautiful pink flowers. It’s a tradition there to sit underneath the trees and watch – it’s a tradition here to toast to a Friday night with a yummy cocktail!

Ingredients:

2 oz  Sake

½ tsp Umeshu, a traditional Japanese plum liqueur

1 tsp Lemon juice

Sparkling Wine

Maraschino cherry for garnish

Preparation:

1. Stir sake, umeshu, and lemon juice in a mixing glass with ice. Strain into a Champagne flute.

2. Top with sparkling wine, garnish with a maraschino cherry, and serve.

Check out more of Yuri’s Japanese Cocktails, or browse our own Recipe File for more delicious drinks.


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