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National Cherry Blossom Festival Centennial

Mar 20, 2012
National Cherry Blossom Festival Centennial
Sake, wine and 5-weeks of fun in D.C.

cherryblossomIn 1912, Tokyo gifted Washington 3,000 cherry blossom trees, and an annual tradition of celebrating that gift began. This year, to mark the 100-year anniversary of the gift, there will be 5 weeks of fabulous events to commemorate the beauty of the trees and the relationship of the two countries.

Many restaurants in D.C. are offering special food and drink menus to celebrate. And if past years are any indication, there will, of course, be a few tasty inventions (cherry-tinis, cherry bellini’s and special cherry sake drinks, among others).

If you can’t get to D.C. to join the festivities, you can have your own little blossom party at home. And Bottlenotes has some drink suggestions for you:

Make a Saketini
Since this festival celebrates the relationship between Japan and the U.S., we thought a sake pick would be in order. Bobby Flay has a very simple recipe here, and adding a cherry for garnish, in this case, would be in order.

Akita Seishu Dewatsuru Hihaku Junmai Daiginjo Sake is a non-vintage high-grade, medium-bodied sake, with hints of cherry. It’s $50 a bottle.

Wine and Cherry Pie
You want your wine to compliment your food, creating a little party in your mouth. So when pairing a cherry dessert with wine, think about soft wines with a lot of cherry flavors, such as zinfandel. One suggestion:
Eberle “Steinbeck/Wine Bush Vineyard” Zinfandel 2008 (Paso Robles, CA) $26

Try Some Cherry Brandy
Bols is a popular cherry brandy. Click here for some cherry brandy recipes from the company’s website. The brandy is $15 a bottle.

Do you have a favorite cherry-themed drink? Tell us below.


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Mar 20, 2012
Kahlua, cherry brandy and milk. I haven't made it in years but it was mmmm good. Now I think I would try it with almond milk rather than dairy.

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