"The Wabi Sabi" Spring Sake Cocktail - Shirataki Sake
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“The Wabi Sabi” Spring Sake Cocktail

“The Wabi Sabi” Spring Sake Cocktail

Sakura, or cherry blossoms, are an iconic part of Japanese culture. What better way to celebrate cherry blossoms than making a Cherry Blossom Sake Cocktail?

Cherry blossoms are associated with the fleetingness of life because the fragile blooms only last for a short time.

The cherry blossom is so popular in Japan that there is a tradition called hanami where people have outdoor festivals to celebrate the flowers in different regions across the country.

Check out the Cherry Blossom Forecast 2019 and plan your perfect spring trip to Japan! (Can’t get there this year? Try Washington D.C.!)

Cherry Blossom Sake Cocktail

This sake cocktail symbolizes the transition from winter into spring. It’s a simple martini made with citron vodka, Nigori sake, and pickled cherry blossoms.

As you drink it, the white “melts” away and a cherry blossom emerges from bottom symbolic of the snow melting and spring flowers blooming. Try this recipe, created by Matt Cetta of  for yourself at home!


  • 1 Pickled Cherry Blossom sakura
  • 2 1/2 Ounces Citron Vodka
  • 1 Ounce Nigori Sake
  • Ice


  1. Place a pickled cherry blossom at the bottom of a martini glass.
  2. Fill a cocktail shaker 2/3rds of the way with ice. Pour in citron vodka and nigori sake and shake for 15 seconds.
  3. Strain into the martini glass with the cherry blossom.

Recipe Notes

You can make 3 at a time in one batch.