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Mono No Aware Cocktail

March 8, 2018


Spring has sprung, here in Texas. It’s warm enough to bring out my linen dress, the swarm of gnats have emerged, and our plum tree is covered in pink flowers. We’ve never seen actual plums on our tree, but the short week of this pink explosion is truly something I look forward to each year. Our morning walks have grown slightly longer as I linger under cherry blossom trees while oohing and aahing and let’s look for these at the nursery this weekends.

To celebrate the beginning of spring, we created this romantic cocktail, Mono No Aware. Derived from an old school phrase in Japanese, Mono No Aware means “the pathos of things” or in other words, a melancholic appreciation of the transiency of existence. The Japanese have an appreciation for the seasonal things, especially for sakura. The scene of sakura petals falling from the cherry blossom trees is a very common theme in historical haiku, partly because sakura is so beautiful, and partly because the life cycle of the flowers is so heart wrenchingly short. The plum blossom garnish in this cocktail is an ode to the short flowering season, and also a reminder to enjoy these times to our fullest extent.


Mono No Aware
  • 1 oz gin
  • 1/2 oz Laird’s Apple Brandy
  • 1/4 oz heavy cream
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz beet juice
  • 1/4 oz agave nectar
  • 1 drop rose water

Combine everything in a shaking tin with ice. Shake. Strain into a coupe. Garnish with plum flowers.


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