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.
celebration, bike tours of the Tidal Basin, art exhibits, kimono fashion shows, traditional dance and singing, martial arts demonstrations and, of course, specialty cocktails!
(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.