DCIST Sakura Sakura to make at home with Cherry Heering

By DCist Contributor Nathan Wilkinson

These are all great cocktails despite the fact that they were arbitrarily cherry-themed. Quality ingredients and a simple recipe make for success while others fail. Still, I wanted to try a drink that captured that fragrance of the blossoms you get walking beside the tidal basin when the trees are in bloom. I know that the Japanese cherry trees don’t bear any fruit, and I could care less that the ingredients aren’t locally sourced, as Sidman’s article points out. So I made an infusion of Teaism’s Snow Geisha cherry blossom white tea and gin by washing one tablespoon of tea with a half-cup of Bombay Sapphire East to make Sakura Sakura.
• 1 tsp. Luxardo
• 1 1/2 oz. cherry blossom infused gin
• 1/2 tsp. simple syrup
• 1/2 tsp. grenadine
• 1/2 oz. Cherry Heering
• sparkling water
• cherry blossom garnish
Build the drink in a highball glass coated in Luxardo. Add ice, infused gin and simple syrup. Top with sparkling water and stir. Float grenadine and Heering and garnish with blossoms you didn’t pick from any national park.


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