This spring, we are taking cocktail inspiration from a classic symbol of the season: cherry blossoms, known as sakura in Japan. This cocktail features Roku Gin. Roku, translating to “six” in Japanese, is made from a distinctive blend of six different Japanese botanicals, including the flowers and leaves of cherry blossom trees. We also used Nakano Umeshu, made from sour plums, as a nod to the beautiful blooms in Vancouver, which are often sour plum trees, not cherry blossoms!


Serves 1
1½ oz (45 ml) Suntory Roku Gin
¾ oz (22 ml) Nakano Umeshu Japanese Plum Wine
¾ oz (22 ml) fresh lemon juice
½ oz (15 ml) Cinnamon Cordial*
dried sour plum and lemon peel, for garnish


  1. In a cocktail shaker with cubed ice, combine gin, plum wine, lemon juice and Cinnamon Cordial. Shake vigorously and fine strain into a chilled cocktail coupe. Garnish with a dried sour plum and lemon peel.
  2. *For Cinnamon Cordial, in a small saucepan, combine 2 cinnamon sticks with 2 cups (500 ml) water, boil until volume is reduced to 1 cup (250 ml). Remove cinnamon sticks, add 2 cups (500 ml) sugar and simmer to dissolve. Transfer to a clean bottle, allow to cool, seal and refrigerate for up to 4 weeks. Makes 2 cups (500 ml).
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