The Cherry Blossom cocktail pictured above was one of the signature cocktails I created for the spring/summer cocktail menu at the Buddha Buddha Martini Bar and Cocktail Lounge in May of 2013. This cocktail is versatile and can be enjoyed anytime once the weather gets nice and sunny. The Cherry Blossom is perfect to be sipped outdoors. This is one of the many cocktails people can enjoy for their special party or event and it is very easy to make at home. One of the special features of this cocktail is the use of lime cordial (my recipe below). You also have some flexibility with the main spirit Vodka. As always, I list the brands that I would recommend and Prairie Organic Vodka is the best choice for this cocktail. Marie Brizzard Orange Curacao is hard to find in PA, but can be ordered through the state store system. You will see many different recipes of the Cherry Blossom online, but this concoction is my own version that is well-balanced and has received excellent reviews. Enjoy!
- 2 oz Prairie Organic Vodka
- 1/2 oz Marie Brizzard Orange Curacao (available through special order in PA) or Cointreau
- 1/2 oz Cherry Kirschwasser Brandy (brandy fermented from cherries)
- 1/2 oz *Lime Cordial (see below)
- 1/2 oz Boiron Cherry Puree (available for purchase online) or make fresh cherry puree at home (both optional)
- 1/2 oz Cranberry Juice
Garnish - Lime Wheel
Glass - Chilled Cocktail Glass
(Photo Courtesy of Nick C. Bumstead)
* To make Lime Cordial - Use a citrus zester or channel knife to remove peel from 12 limes. Place peels in small bowl. Squeeze limes into a glass using a hand squeezer and fine strain the juice into a saucepan. Add 1.5 cups of granulated sugar and simmer on low heat for 20 minutes or until mixture thickens (don't caramelize sugar). Remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes. Add the zest to saucepan and let steep for 15-20 minutes. Fine strain mixture into a clean glass jar and store refrigerated for up to two months.
Prep - Add all ingredients to a mixing tin. Shake well. Strain or fine strain (if using cherry puree) into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish lime wheel.