Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Sakura Cocktail

I recently had this cocktail at an event with Ultimat Vodka at Rag and Bone.  Esteemed bartenders Pam Wiznitzer, Robert Krueger, Igor Zukowiec, Bobby Hicks, and Julie Renee Williams collaborated with the clothing company to make cocktails that were inspired by the spring collection (and rumor has it, they got to pick out a few items as well).  One of my favorite cocktails from the evening was the Sakura created by Julie Renee Williams who tends bar at The McKittrick Hotel.

The Sakura is delightful - bright citrus flavors of lemon and yuzu, a sweet touch of honey, with Nigiri Sake to smooth out the cocktail.  I ordered my yuzu juice from Amazon, but if you're near a Japanese market, you can likely pick it up there.

I love the tangy zip of the yuzu, a perfect flavor for garden parties, picnics, or an evening tipple before dinner.  Enjoy!

Created by Julie Renee Williams

1-1/2 oz Ultimat Vodka
3/4 oz Unfiltered Nigiri Sake
1/4 oz Sakura Honey Syrup
1/2 oz Yuzu Lemon Juice (1:1)

Lemon Peel Slices to Garnish

Shake with Ice and Strain into a cocktail coupe.   


  1. I'm having trouble finding sakura honey syrup- any suggestions?

  2. You can make a 1:1 honey to water simple syrup. Heat on the stove until the honey is completely dissolved, and then store in the refrigerator! You can also experiment with different local honeys near you for different flavors in your syrups. Enjoy!

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