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Cherry Blossom Cocktail

Cherry Blossom Cocktail

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If you really wanted to torture Nathan and I, you would take us to the Washington, D.C. Cherry Blossom festival on a Saturday afternoon. We shudder at the thought of the crowds packed into the tidal basin taking pictures, pedal boating or picnicking with the hordes. We’re perfectly happy celebrating the cherry blossoms in our own way which includes gazing lovingly at the two cherry blossom trees in our neighborhood while enjoying this cocktail. This Cherry Blossom cocktail embodies all the flavors of the season while giving a nod to Japan, the giver of the trees. Unlike the Starbucks Cherry Blossom Frappuccino, our drink does include actual cherry flavors along with Sake (Japanese rice wine), homemade grenadine, lime juice and triple sec. If you’re like us and couldn’t be paid to visit the Cherry Blossom you should celebrate the better way by creating this tasty cocktail!

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Cherry Blossom Cocktail:

Inspired by this recipe

Ingredients:
2 oz. Sake
1½ oz. Cherry Liqueur
½ oz. Triple Sec
½ oz. Lime Juice
½ oz. Grenadine (Recipe Follows)
2 Dashes Bitters
Cherries (Fresh or Jarred), to garnish

Directions:

1. Add all ingredients except cherries to your shaker with ice.
2. Shake.
3. Pour and strain.
4. Garnish with cherries.

Grenadine:

Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

1/4 cup sugar
1 cup 100% unsweetened pomegranate juice
1/2 lemon (optional)

Directions

1. Combine the sugar and juice in a sauce pan or skillet. Place over medium heat on the stovetop. Stir to help the sugar dissolve.

Coconut Chocolate Macaroons

Coconut Chocolate Macaroons

I have a couple members of my family that are gluten intolerant, so I’m always looking for recipes that don’t contain gluten. I’m not talking about gluten-free recipes with a ton of obscure, hard to find ingredients but instead just recipes that happen to naturally not contain any gluten. These chocolate dipped coconut macaroons areContinue Reading

Linguine with Clam Sauce

Linguine with Clam Sauce

This is one of those meals that I’m surprised that we haven’t already made in the almost 5 years of Rampant Cuisine. It’s such an elegant classic and yet so simple and delicious…a comfort food that works for any season. I had the idea to try this recipe for a very boring reason…it turns outContinue Reading

Bahn Mi Sandwich

Bahn Mi Sandwich

Nathan got a Bánh mì sandwich for lunch in DC last week and it was just ‘meh’…so of course we were challenged to make our own awesome version at home! Before making this Bánh mì sandwich, I thought that the sandwich was strictly a Vietnamese recipe. However, the recipe is actually a fusion of FrenchContinue Reading

Lamb Hashweh

Lamb Hashweh

This is the third installment in a series we’re calling “things Nathan ate in Saudi Arabia.” His trip proved to be very valuable for Rampant Cuisine as it inspired us to make Baklava, Sambousek, and now…Hashweh. Hashweh (our version at least!) is essentially rice seasoned with cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg and then mixed with choppedContinue Reading