Thursday, January 25, 2007

Cherry Blossom in January
In honor of lil' sis's tattoo...

My sister, Amy (who lives in Paris and proves, in this photo, that the French Women Don't Get Fat book is right on the money) got her first tattoo! It is a cherry blossom branch, which symbolizes strength and fragility, an image revered by Japanese Samurai warriors.
To celebrate this event, I am posting a sneak-peek at the Mandarin Oriental's specialty cocktail, to be served during Washington DC's Cherry Blossom Festival, when the banks of the Potomac explode with pink and white flowers, each spring, attracting vistors from around the world.
On on March 27, 1912, Tokyo Mayor Yukio Ozaki’s gifted 3,000 Japanese cherry trees to the US, as an effort to enhance the growing friendship between the countries.
Today, the festival incorporates a sushi/sake
celebration, bike tours of the Tidal Basin, art exhibits, kimono fashion shows, traditional dance and singing, martial arts demonstrations and, of course, specialty cocktails!
Red Mouth

(Recipe, courtesy of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Washington DC. Drink photo, courtesy of Moshe Zusman)

3⁄4 ounce white rum
3⁄4 ounce Heering Cherry Liqueur
3⁄4 ounce cream
1 1⁄4 ounce milk

Heat all ingredients and pour into heat-resistant glass.


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Deb said...

I love your passion for all things (& cocktails!) Looks great!