Spring is in the air from New York to Japan, bringing with it the annual burst of dreamy pastel cherry blossoms. And while the blooming trees always make for a stunning visual display, it turns out the flowers taste just as good as they look.
Well, at least when they come in doughnut form.
This weekend, you can celebrate Sakura Season with some perfectly pink, and delightfully boozy, Cherry Blossom Doughnuts made with Roku Gin. The premium Japanese gin brand from the House of Suntory has teamed up with the creative geniuses over at The Doughnut Project to bring New Yorkers a beyond-sweet taste of Japan.
Roku Gin, which itself is produced using six Japanese botanicals including the Sakura flower and Sakura leaf, is infused into the sugary pink glaze of these limited-edition treats, while Japanese milk pudding serves as their cream center. To make them even more Insta-worthy, the doughnuts are also topped with gorgeous edible cherry blossom flowers.
Snag them from Friday, April 8th to Sunday, April 10th only at The Doughnut Project!
And, if you care to pair your boozy doughnuts with a slightly boozier sip, Roku Gin has created the Roku Oubaitori cocktail to wash 'em down. Cheers to cherry blossoms!
1.5 parts Roku Gin
.5 parts Dolin Blanc Vermouth
.75 parts fresh lemon juice
.5 parts agave simple syrup
3 dashes yuzu juice
2 bar spoons raspberry & apricot jam
Muddle 3 raspberries in cocktail shaker, add remaining ingredients to shaker, top with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into coupe glass.
[Photos by Gabi Porter]