Sakura Martini

In this very moment, the Sakura trees grace us with a peak of blossoms so mesmerizing, it would be a disservice not to celebrate them. Thus, it is with great pleasure that we introduce the second chapter of our spring mini-series: the Sakura Martini.

Born in 2015 at Kenta Goto’s Bar Goto in New York, this cocktail is a reverse martini, a twist on the classic martini (you can delve into the martini’s intriguing history and variations here), where sake steps in as the star instead of vermouth. Adding a delicate dash of Maraschino liqueur lends a touch of sweetness that harmoniously balances the drink’s inherent dryness, bestowing a subtle cherry kiss upon the palate.

Sakura Martini is an unmistakable ode to sake enthusiasts, and the choice of sake should be a reflection of your personal taste. For those not yet acquainted with the world of sake, I recommend Ginjo varieties. They possess a gentle demeanor, often exuding floral or fruity fragrances, devoid of earthy or alcoholic undertones. If you’re seeking inspiration for selecting the perfect sake, you may find some helpful pointers here.

To crown this exquisite libation, a single Sakura blossom graces the glass. Out of season you can skip garnish or simply await the return of spring to savor this floral masterpiece once more.

-2 1/2 oz/ 75 ml sake
-1 oz/ 30 ml dry gin
-1/4 of bar spoon Maraschino liqueur


Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker over ice and shake. Strain into the chilled cocktail glass and enjoy.
Garnish – Sakura flower.

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