Nathan and I actively boycott the National Cherry Blossom festival. Part of the reason for this silent protest is an experience that Nathan had several years ago. Before Nathan and I met (and I started taking up all his free weekend time) he would bike from his apartment in Arlington into DC and take pictures. (You can see some of his awesome photos on his Flickr site here.) One Saturday when the cherry blossoms were at their peak, Nathan decided to wake up before dawn and take pictures of the sunrise at the tidal basin. He was expecting a solitary zen-like experience during which the cherry blossoms would inspire a creative explosion and National Geographic-quality cherry blossom images would ensue. Nathan arrived on his bike at the cherry blossoms only to discover that approximately 6 million other photographers had the same idea. The only way to get a shot that didn’t have another photographer in it was to essentially shoot straight up into the sky. Nathan biked home jaded and disconsolate, bitter at having wasted a perfectly good sleep in morning.
These days we celebrate the Cherry Blossom Festival from afar even though we live right here in DC. This year we commemorated the coming of Spring and the beauty of the Cherry Blossoms with this Cherry cocktail (sorry, no blossoms involved). We used sour cherries to give it a tart flavor and a touch of simple syrup to mellow it all out. We hope you enjoy it more than we enjoy the Cherry Blossom festival!
Cherry Blossom Cocktail
Makes 2 servings
(To make this recipe you’ll need jarred sour cherries in light syrup. We used Adro brand morello cherries.)
2 shots Bourbon Whiskey
2 shots light syrup from jarred sour cherries
Juice of 1 lemon
1 shot simple syrup
Dash of angostura bitters
Splash of club soda, to taste
Combine all ingredients except for club soda in a drink shaker with ice. Shake well. Divide the drink between 2 tumblers, add a splash of club soda and garnish with sour cherries.