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Celebrating the Sakura


The stunning sakura, or cherry blossom, is a breathtaking springtime beauty in Japan.

On home soil, Saké Restaurant & Bar is celebrating the arrival of spring with pretty floral displays and special cocktails available throughout September.

The In Bloom cocktail heros Roku gin, which combines six Japanese botanicals – cherry blossoms, cherry leaves, green tea (sencha), refined green tea (gyokuro), sanshō pepper, and yuzu – alongside traditional gin botanicals.

Sip on this seasonal cocktail at home.



  • 30ml Roku gin
  • 10ml lychee liquor
  • 30ml lime juice
  • 3 lychees
  • 20ml sakura syrup
  • 10ml egg white

To garnish:

  • 2 lychees
  • Sakura perfume

Spoon some sakura syrup into the middle of a coupe glass. Then muddle three lychees in a cocktail shaker tin. Add remaining ingredients to the tin and shake well. Double strain and serve in prepared coupe glass.
Garnish with two skewered lychees and spritz with sakura perfume.

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