Cherry Blossom Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Cherry Blossom cocktail is a delightful and refreshing drink that originated in Japan. It is named after the beautiful cherry blossoms that bloom during springtime in Japan, symbolizing the beauty and fragility of life. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy fruity and floral flavors, and it is often served during celebrations and special occasions.

  • The Cherry Blossom cocktail was created in the 1980s in Japan
  • It gained popularity in the United States in the early 2000s
  • The cocktail is often enjoyed during cherry blossom festivals and other springtime celebrations

How Cherry Blossom Tastes?

The Cherry Blossom cocktail has a delicate, fruity, and floral taste. It is slightly sweet, with a hint of tartness from the cherry and citrus flavors. The floral notes from the elderflower liqueur add a touch of sophistication, while the gin provides a subtle, refreshing kick.

Interesting facts about Cherry Blossom

  • The Cherry Blossom cocktail is named after the cherry blossoms that bloom in Japan during springtime
  • The cocktail is often enjoyed during cherry blossom festivals and other springtime celebrations
  • The combination of cherry, citrus, and elderflower flavors creates a unique and refreshing taste


A few good options for Cherry Blossom are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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The gin is the foundation of our Cherry Blossom cocktail – it's the canvas on which we'll paint our fruity and floral masterpiece. Gin brings the juniper-forward flavor which pairs well with the bright notes from our other ingredients. If you omit it, you’re left with a fruit soda – refreshed, but not enlivened.

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Cherry Liqueur

Cherry liqueur is the cherry on top, so to speak. It brings a sweet, deep cherry flavor that gives the name and the heart to our Cherry Blossom. Without it, you’d lose the vibrant core of the cocktail, and things might turn a bit too tart.

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Elderflower Liqueur

Elderflower liqueur – the cocktail's secret garden of sophistication. It adds a subtle floral aroma and sweetness that whispers elegance. Forgetting this ingredient would be like leaving a Monet without its lilies – the beauty is still there, but it lacks a certain je ne sais quoi.

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Lemon Juice

Lemon juice cuts through with vibrant acidity, lifting the spirits of all other ingredients. Too little, and your cocktail may feel a bit flat; too much, and it’s like sucking on a tart candy – pucker up!

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Simple Syrup

Like a mediator in a heated debate, the simple syrup smooths out any sharp disagreements between tartness and alcohol. Miss it out, and the drink could turn into a sour affair.

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Club Soda

Club soda is like the encore at a concert – it tops everything off and leaves you with a satisfying fizz that begs for another round. Without it, the performance is still good, but the standing ovation is missing.

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Garnish: Cherry and Lemon Twist

The garnish is your cocktail's outfit – it dresses it up and announces its cherry, citrusy theme. Not including them is like forgetting to wear your tie to a formal event – a faux pas that leaves everything feeling a bit undressed.

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Recipe. How to make Cherry Blossom Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
  2. Add the gin, cherry liqueur, elderflower liqueur, lemon juice, and simple syrup
  3. Shake well until chilled
  4. Strain into a glass filled with ice
  5. Top with club soda
  6. Garnish with a cherry and a lemon twist

Pro Tips

  • Shake the cocktail shaker vigorously to ensure all ingredients are well mixed
  • Use fresh lemon juice for a more vibrant flavor
  • Chill the glass before pouring the cocktail to keep it cool for longer

Perfect Pairings

Savory Snacks

  • Cheese: Aged Gouda or Brie complement the fruity and floral notes.
  • Charcuterie: Prosciutto would offer a savory counter to the sweet and tart cocktail elements.

Asian Cuisine

  • Sushi: Lighter rolls with avocado or salmon can be elevated by the Cherry Blossom's flavors.
  • Dumplings: Pork or shrimp dumplings with a touch of soy sauce.


  • Fruit Tarts: The acidity in the cocktail balances the sweetness of the dessert.
  • Dark Chocolate: Enhances the cherry and elderflower flavors.

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What you could change in Cherry Blossom

  • Gin: Can be replaced with vodka for a smoother taste
  • Cherry Liqueur: If not available, can be substituted with raspberry liqueur
  • Elderflower Liqueur: Can be replaced with St. Germain

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And of course - twists🍹

Green Tea Blossom

Replace club soda with chilled green tea to add an earthy twist while maintaining the drink's refreshing nature. The drink will have a slightly more bitter tea edge, complementing the cherry and elderflower.

Cherry Blossom Royale

Top with champagne instead of club soda for a celebration in a glass. This adds a luxurious effervescence and a touch of toastiness that's perfect for special occasions.

Spiced Blossom

Add a dash of cinnamon syrup along with the simple syrup and a cinnamon stick garnish. The warmth of the cinnamon adds a cozy, autumnal feeling to the drink, creating a beautiful contrast with the floral and fruity notes.

In case you forgot basics how to make Cherry Blossom

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Cherry Blossom

Can I add other types of fruit for garnish?

Yes, other fruits like orange or lime can be used as garnish, although traditionally a cherry and lemon twist is used.

What other drinks can I make with Cherry Liqueur?

Cherry Liqueur can be used in a variety of cocktails, such as Sangria, a Black Forest Martini, or a Cherry Bomb.

Is there a specific type of gin I should use?

You can use any type of gin that you prefer, however, using a high-quality gin will improve the overall taste of the cocktail.

What is the ideal serving temperature for this cocktail?

This cocktail is best served chilled, at a temperature of about 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Can this recipe be made in a pitcher for serving at parties?

Yes, you can multiply the ingredients by the number of servings you need and prepare it in a pitcher.

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