Cocktail by Ellie Sharp
Difficulty Level: Easy+
Ellie has done it again! Our two-time cocktail competition champ has come up with another delicious libation for our tasting room! This cocktail tastes exactly like a light, strawberry milkshake. Sakura are edible cherry blossoms, pickled and dried in salt and are used in Japan for tea during celebrations such as weddings. The Sakura add a light floral note to this cocktail that is perfect for springtime!
1.5 oz. Vitae Spirits Old Tom Gin
1 oz. Strawberry-Sakura Simple Syrup*
1 oz. Pasteurized Egg Whites
1 oz. Half and Half
Strawberry/Sakura Simple Syrup
1 cup Sugar
1 cup Water
1 cup Sliced Strawberries
8 Salt-Pickled Sakura Blossoms
Place water and sugar in small saucepan. Heat and stir until sugar dissolves. Add sliced strawberries and simmer for 20 minutes. While strawberries are simmering, gently place 8 sakura blossoms in a bowl of cold water to dislodge the salt. Leave until syrup timer is complete. Take syrup off of heat, gently add the blossoms (removed from the rinsing water), cover and steep for ½ hour. Strain entire mixture through a fine mesh strainer. Do not press on strawberries; this will keep the syrup from become cloudy.
- Combine ingredients into mixing container
- Shake until frothy
- Strain into martini or coupe glass