Blooming Youth

Recipe by Evan Sewell


  • 1 1/2 oz. Wódka Vodka
  • 3/4 oz. Mancino Sakura Blossom Vermouth
  • 1/2 oz. Strawberry Infused Carpano Bianco*
  • 1/4 oz. White Tea Lychee Syrup**
  • 2 drops Scrappy’s Black Lemon Bitters


**Strawberry Infused Carpano Bianco

Cut up a container of strawberries and slightly smash then add a bottle of Carpano Bianco and let sit overnight. Then strain off twice to get out all the solid particulars. Keep refrigerated.

**White Tea Lychee Syrup

  • 4 cups White Sugar
  • 2 cup Lychee (or Rambutan) Juice

Bring juice to a light boil then add sugar. Add 5 white tea bags to the light boil and let infuse for 5 minutes all white stirring constantly so it will not burn. Pull off then keep refrigerated.

Garnish: Orchid or Other Pink Edible Flower

Glassware: Cedarwood Sake Masu Cup

Cocktail Inspiration:

Sakura has a meaning of fleeting youth and the sadness that youth is too short. The joy in enjoying a cocktail is way to short and I wanted to tie these two thoughts together. I chose a stirred cocktail to keep the nice velvety texture to the vodka shining through. Wodka to me also has some nice tropical notes to it so I wanted to play off that and use Mancino Sakura Blossom Vermouth to bring in some floral aspects and keeping the cocktail not too overproof. I then chose to use Carpano Bianco infused with strawberries to give a nod to the Japanese and their amazing strawberries they have in season around the same time as Sakura Blossoms.

To add a little more sweetness I chose to use a white tea lychee syrup which is floral and light like the rest of the drink. To end it all off and add a little it of acid to the cocktail I added Scrappy’s Black Lemon bitters to make sure its balanced and add a light hint of smoke to the cocktail. I After sipping this cocktail it goes down way to smooth and disappears as fast as our youth. And what’s going to make it better? A little bit more of my Wodka Vodka Blooming Youth cocktail elixir! Enjoy Responsibly.