Hello Everyone! And hello Spring! With warmer weather and bright colors budding all around, I can't help but be excited for the coming of this beautiful season in Virgina. I'm a Texas girl at heart, but I've never witnessed Spring like one finds in this beautiful state. My jogs through the neighborhood and drives to work are flanked with trees in full bloom of white, blushes, and yellows, and flowers in every color of the rainbow. And though my allergies do not appreciate this beauty, my eyes can't get enough. It is no wonder why artists have tried to capture the magic of nature in paint throughout the ages. I find myself inspired to pick up my paintbrush again, and put color to canvas.
I have also been inspired to create a unique cocktail to celebrate a very special occasion taking place in our area. The National Cherry Blossom Festival is in full swing in the heart of our nation, Washington D.C., celebrating the gift of 3,000 Cherry Blossom trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city in 1912, and the enduring friendship between our two nations. With exhibits, performances, tours, a parade, and Cherry Blossoms in full bloom (of course), I am told it is quite the event. Not being ones to miss such an extraordinary celebration, especially one that is sitting right at our fingertips, these two gypsies have packed their bags and are heading to the capital city to take part in the festivities. So, expect a full report and lots of pictures to come. Follow me (gypsiescraftsandtreats) on Instagram to see photos throughout the weekend. Also, don't forget to swing by my shop and check out the Spring Cleaning Sale going on! You can stock up on party supplies for the whole year!
The Cherry Blossom Cocktail is both lovely, and sweet, having been inspired by the trees themselves, and would make a lovely addition to a weekend brunch or Spring party. It is also incredibly simple and elegant; sure to wow your guests, while require very little of your time to make.
Jarred Bing Cherries (pitted)
Luxardo Cherry Liqueur
Start by chopping or pureeing the cherries. I chose Bing cherries for the deeper sweet flavor, but you may use Maraschinos if you prefer. Add a small spoonful of cherries to the bottom on a champagne flute, add 1/2 oz of Luxardo Cherry, then top with Prosecco. You can add a cherry for garnish if you like. Sip, and enjoy!