Cherry Blossom Cocktail

Fruity, tart, and slightly floral, this cocktail pairs well with warm weather.

Cherry Blossom Cocktail
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Active Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
5 mins

This cocktail is as pretty as the clusters of pink cherry blossoms that burst into bloom each spring in Washington, D.C. on the trees that were a gift of friendship from Japan in 1912. It tastes fruity and crisp, with floral hints from sake, a Japanese spirit made from fermented rice. It has a lovely balance of sweetness from grenadine (bottled syrup made from pomegranates) and tartness from cranberry juice and fresh lime.


  • ¼ cup (2 oz.) sake

  • 3 tablespoons cranberry juice blend

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice (from 1 lime)

  • 1 tablespoon grenadine

  • ½ teaspoon orange-flavored bitters

  • Fresh or frozen cranberries  


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker two-thirds full of ice. Add sake, cranberry juice, lime juice, grenadine, and bitters. Place lid on shaker; shake until well combined and chilled, about 30 seconds. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with cranberries. Serve immediately.

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