Get your blossom fix outside of the Tidal Basin.
The Willard is using it’s monthly historical happy hours to shine a light on the story behind the National Cherry Blossoms. Did you know the first few thousand trees gifted from Japan were destroyed by disease? Fun facts and tasty cocktails to match will be aplenty at the event led by Ann McClellan, author of “Cherry Blossoms: The Official Book of the National Cherry Blossom Festival” and the Round Robin Bar’s mixologist Jim Hewes. April 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $49 and include three cocktails and light fare. The Willard Room1401 Pennsylvania Ave NW.
Celebrate with Grab and Go Dessert
The Rye Bar gives you the chance to bring the festivities home with their Gyoiko recipe. The cocktail is also available at the Rosewood’s bar 1050 31st N St, NW; 202-617-2424. *Gyoiko is the name of the cherry trees planted in the White House
- 1.5 oz Rye
- 1.5 oz Cherry syrup w/ cheery herring
- .5 oz Benedictine
- .5 oz Lime Juice
- Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice
- Shake until chilled and strained into a rock glass with big ice cube
- garnish with an edible cherry blossoms flower
- 1300 gr of dark frozen cherries
- 1300 gr sugar
- 1200 gr water
- 5 cinnamon sticks
- Put everything on a pot and bring it to a boil until sugar dissolves.
- Blend everything
- Fine strained the mixture
- Add 9oz of cherry heering.