The Cherry Blossom Cocktail

Aaaand, we’re back to the Savoy with today’s drink, and one with a fitting name for the beginning of spring to boot. This recipe is somewhat vague in the book, and is for six people as well – I once again assumed that the “glass” measurement is the same as a “wineglass” (2 oz.) If that assumption is correct, and given the results I had I’m going to assume it is (ooh, an assumption on top of an assumption), then this is actually a pretty easy recipe. I halved it, so what follows is technically for three people if you’re strictly following the Savoy‘s recommendations, but it was really the perfect amount for two:

1/2 tbsp. curaçao

1/2 tbsp. lemon juice

1/2 tbsp. grenadine

2 1/2 oz. cherry brandy

2 oz. brandy

Shake with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Cherry Blossom

I used Cherry Heering, which I would strongly recommend – as such, I got a very dark reddish-purplish beverage. And a deep, rich, black cherry flavor that you’re not going to get from another brand of cherry brandy. So do yourself a favor already and get a bottle of the Heering. Looking at the ingredients, you wouldn’t be surprised to discover this is a pretty sweet drink, and while the flavor of the cherry brandy is very much to the fore, you get a little snippet of all the ingredients: a touch of orange from the curaçao, a hint of sour from the lemon, and notes of pomegranate and grape from the grenadine and brandy, respectively. In fact, it’s rather amazing how much the various flavors don’t mix together – but it’s not a bad thing. Rather, it gives what would otherwise be an overly-sweet cherry drink a great deal of depth and nuance. Four livers.

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