I pretty much have a rule in bars: no pink drinks. But sometimes you have to bend the rules on certain occasions. Like when you’re surrounded by fluffy pink cherry blossom flowers on the perfect spring day.
In honor of cherry blossom season here in Tokyo, I wanted to make a pink drink that didn’t taste too…pink. This one has a gin base with just a touch of grenadine for the pink factor.
I garnished the rim with a salted cherry blossom powder that I mixed with sugar. I understand that this is probably a really Japan-specific thing, so you may want to use something else pink. Ooh, you could crumble up some dehydrated strawberries.
- 1 oz gin
- 1/2 oz orange liqueur, such as Cointreau
- 1/4 oz grenadine
- lemon wedge (1/8-1/4 of a lemon, to taste)
- 7-Up or Sprite
- powdered cherry blossom leaves mixed with sugar or crushed dehydrated strawberry
- a lemon twist
- Rim a martini glass with the garnish of your choice. I used a lemon to wet the rim then dipped it in a mixture of powdered cherry blossom leaves and sugar, but you could use powdered dehydrated strawberries as a great substitute.
- Combine the gin, cointreau and grenadine in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into the martini glass.
- Top with the 7-Up or Sprite and garnish with a twist.