Sweet and delicate, the cherry blossom-tini is a sake-induced cosmopolitan. Ideal for spring and summer parties, the cocktail offers a light cranberry flavor, making it perfect for brunch, showers, and any casual, yet elegant, occasion.
Mixologist Allen Katz created this cocktail for Gekkeikan Sake and it simply replaces the cosmo's vodka with sake. The triple sec, cranberry juice, and lime juice from that cocktail remain, so it's both familiar and slightly different.
You'll also find that this is an excellent dinner cocktail. It's crisp, gently fruity, and refreshing and pairs well with a variety of foods. Of course, if Japanese cuisine is on the menu, it's a perfect choice.
Gather the ingredients.
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the sake, orange liqueur, cranberry juice, and lime juice.
Serve and enjoy!
- All sake is not created the same. There are various grades and styles of sake to explore and the selection is almost as complicated as choosing vodka. Even a brand like Gekkeikan offers a variety of expressions, so try this cocktail with a few different sakes to discover which you enjoy most.
- If you're going to replace Cointreau with another orange liqueur, ensure it's equal in quality to the premium triple sec. You might want to avoid brandy-based options like Grand Marnier because it can be too heavy for this particular drink.
- For a splash of fresh lime, simply squeeze the juice from a lime wedge directly into your shaker.
- Serving this cocktail in a chilled glass keeps it cold longer and is highly recommended. For a quick chill, simply place a few ice cubes in the glass while you're shaking the drink, then discard them before straining.
- As with the cosmo, adjust the cranberry juice to suit your taste. The recommended pour creates a slightly dry cocktail, while a little extra juice (up to 1 ounce) will produce a sweeter drink.
- You can also pour white cranberry juice. It tends to be less sweet and not as heavily flavored as the standard red variety.
- Adding more lime juice is not a bad idea either. The cosmo uses 1/2 ounce, which you can typically get from half a lime, and the extra citrus adds a nice boost to the drink's flavor.
How Strong Is a Cherry Blossom Tini?
Sake is generally a little lighter than vodka, so that helps bring this cocktail's strength down, though it's not significant. Generally, the cherry blossom-tini shakes up to 19 percent ABV (36 proof), which is just a few points below the original cosmo.