Flowering Tree Cocktail, Featuring Grapes from California

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 5 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Yield: 1 serving
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1 1/2 ounce Zubrowka Vodka (If unable to find, put 2 stalks of lemongrass in your favorite vodka and let sit for 48 hours.)

3/4 ounces sake

1/2 ounces fresh lemon juice

1/2 ounces Orgeat (almond syrup)

8 to10 grapes from California


Soda water


  1. Put a handful of California grapes (any color works, but red are particularly striking) in a pint-size bar glass. Muddle for half a minute to break down the grapes, releasing their juices and separating the skins from the flesh a bit.
  2. Add remaining ingredients, except for soda, to the glass. Add ice and top with a bar shaker and shake vigorously.
  3. Pour into serving glass. Top with a splash of soda water. Skewer three or four California grapes and place on top of the glass as garnish.