The National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees to Washington, D.C.
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Cherry Blossom Cheers

Abbe Lewis - March 27th, 2014

Polar Vortex or no, the National Cherry Blossom Festival is well underway in the nation’s capital, and chef José Andrés is celebrating in kind at his D.C. watering hole, barmini. Just as the festival commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees to the district, Andrés shares the four centuries of relations between Japan and his native Spain.

Andrés, along with mixologist Juan Coronado and executive sous chef Johnny Spero, have collaborated on a festive menu for the event. Now through April 13, guests can sip on festive original cocktails such as La Japonesa (coconut cream, white rum, and sudachi) and the Tokio Soul (jasmine green tea-infused Pisco, St. Germain, grapefruit juice, and club soda) while snacking on unagi steamed buns and uni deviled eggs.

“I wanted to celebrate this amazing connection between Spain, the country where I come from, and Japan, a country that has always inspired me here in Washington, D.C., my home, says Andrés. “I am really proud of this menu, so I know we will keep a few items going later through the spring.”

Drink to the Cherry Blossom Festival with these cocktail recipes:

La Japonesa
Tokio Soul
Yoshimi Kicks the Bad Guys
Sakura Tori
Shima ilo Ōjo (Island Princess)
Nakamura