"This grown-up version of a pink milkshake is everything you want it to be: a cherry blossom drink that's sweet and creamy and with a tiny bit of a bite."
Those yummy parfaits take about 10-15 minutes to make.
And while that’s certainly not an eternity by any means, what about when you already have company over and you’re busy doing food prep or whatever else your hostly duties require and all you need is something quick and easy to keep everyone occupied until the food is done or the commercials are over or the next game starts… what do you do then?
I think that’s why cocktails were invented.
Last fall I was super motivated to fill up the drink archive for this little food blog and was churning out a new drink recipe every few weeks.
Then January came and holidays and the parfait madness and… well, basically what I’m saying here is that I was distracted by whipped cream and chocolate, but going forward I’m going to work on bringing you a better balance of sweet, savory, and refreshing recipes.
And what better way to start that trend hand with this cherry blossom cocktail?
I stumbled across this drink mix while researching Sambuca recipes because, you guys, I’ve become absolutely obsessed with Sambuca.
If you’re a fan of My Big Fat Greek Wedding, you may remember the scene when the soon-to-be in-laws are visiting for a family dinner and they’re served a drink in some very tall shot glasses, and every time they take a shot the family shouts “Opa!”
Well, Sambuca is the drink they’re shooting, and after discovering Sambuca a few months back I can totally understand why they would do this.
Sambuca is so good that you’ll want to shout after taking a shot of it.
Trust me on this.
After that, the rest all fell into place: grenadine is always a hit, and I was really intrigued by the addition of milk.
The end result was a sweet and creamy drink that I like to think of as a pink milkshake that’s all grown up.
With my love of Sambuca in full swing, I can totally see this cocktail becoming a staple at our next house party!
Cherry Blossom Cocktail
- 2 tbsp red sanding sugar
- 1/2 oz grenadine syrup (about 1/3 of a standard shot glass) plus more for the glass rim
- 1 oz Sambuca (about 2/3 of a standard shot glass)
- 3 oz milk (2 standard shots) or more to taste
In two wide bowls, add a small amount of grenadine syrup in one and the red sanding sugar in the other. Dip the mouths of the glasses in the grenadine, then roll them in the sanding sugar. Set coated glasses nearby.
Pour Sambuca, grenadine syrup, and milk into a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into prepared glasses glass.
Serve cocktails immediately, garnished with cherries.