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.
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About Cherry Blossom Cocktail
I’ve been giving you a lot of boozy desserts lately, and they’re great and all, but there’s one small problem:
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!
How to measure this pink cocktail
This kind of cocktail is written just like a standard drink recipe, which means that rather than an exact way of measuring (ex: 1 cup) the recipe will read “1 part. “
This can sometimes be a little confusing, but I’ve found the best way to consider it this: Recipes that measure in parts usually mean it’s written to enable you to adapt the dimensions of the drink to whatever you want and the measurements they give you (1 part, 1/2 part, etc) are so you can keep the ratio of the ingredients correct.
For example, let’s say you needed to make one drink – this typically means you’re using 1 standard shot glass for measure. So then when the recipe says “1 part” you will interpret that amount as “1 standard shot glass” full. If the recipe says “1/2 part” you’d fill the shot glass halfway so that it’s “1/2 standard shot glass. ” OR, let’s say you needed to make enough beverages for a few friends. When making the drink you would interpret “1 part” as “1 cup” (or “1/2 part” to “1/2 cup. “)
This way the drink will taste the same no matter size you make it.
What are the exact measurements for one drink?
In a hurry and want simple measurements for just one drink? No problem! Just use this as a guide:
- 1 oz sambuca
- 1/2 oz grenadine syrup
- 3 oz milk
You can also select “Metric” measurements in the recipe card below to see these numbers.
notes & tips for this cherry blossom drink
- If you don’t have one already, I highly recommend adding a quality cocktail shaker to your bar. I like this one: Mason Jar and Stainless Steel Cocktail Shaker Set. And if you already have a ton of mason jars and just need a cocktail shaker lid, you can pick one up here: Mason Jar Cocktail Shaker Lid.
- To get the true look of this martini you need to serve it in a martini glass. Be sure your bar is stocked with some before whipping up this drink!
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Cherry Blossom Cocktail
- In two wide bowls, add a small amount of grenadine 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 an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously and strain into prepared glasses glass.
- Serve cherry blossom cocktails immediately, garnished with cherries.
I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I’m not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.