Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Signature Cocktails {Cherry Blossom Cocktails}

As the weather turns warmer (for a day or two, at least), my mind turns to all of our Spring weddings.  And what is Spring in D.C. without cherry blossoms?  So I thought I'd pay tribute to the gorgeous Spring blossoms (and one of my favorite wedding motifs) with a couple of custom cocktail.  Cheers!

The Cherry Blossom

1 oz Cherry Brandy
1 oz Brandy
1/8 oz Triple Sec
Dash Grenadine
1/8 oz Lemon Juice

Mix ingredients in  shaker with ice. Pour into a rocks glass and serve.

A Japanese Cherry Blossom

2 oz  Sake
½ tsp Umeshu, a traditional Japanese plum liqueur
1 tsp Lemon juice
Sparkling Wine
Maraschino cherry for garnish

Stir sake, umeshu, and lemon juice in a mixing glass with ice. Strain into a Champagne flute.
Top with sparkling wine, garnish with a maraschino cherry, and serve.