Amer A. Vargas Mixology Newsletter

The Modern Butlers’ Journal, March 2021, Let’s Talk about Mixology

Amer A. VargasLet’s Talk about Mixology, Part 65

by Amer A. Vargas

Cherry Blossom cocktail

Cherry Blossom Cocktail, courtesy of Hilton Garden Inn

Spring is around the corner (in the Northern hemisphere, of course)!

The snow and rainy season is about to finish and the new season will bring us the full beauty of mother nature’s colors with all her blossoming trees, plants and flowers… Isn’t that a good reason to celebrate?

So why not welcome Spring with a cocktail that evokes the season?

This month, we’ll see how simple it is to concoct a Cherry Blossom cocktail.

Here is the list of ingredients you will need to produce one serving:

  • 1¼ oz./ 37 ml. tequila
  • 1 oz./ 30 ml. lime juice (plus a little extra to help rimming the glass with salt)
  • 1 oz./ 30 ml. grapefruit juice
  • ¼ oz./ 7 ml. grenadine
  • A grapefruit slice or wedge, or a maraschino cherry for garnish
  • Salt (preferably coarse or flakes) for rimming

To prepare your cocktail, start by rimming a martini glass by dipping the rim onto lime juice, then onto the salt of your choice.

With the glass ready, you simply pour all liquid ingredients in a shaker filled with ice cubes and shake vigorously for a few seconds.

Strain the mix onto the rimmed glass and finish by garnishing with a grapefruit slice or wedge or a maraschino cherry.

This cocktail is commonly served in the aforementioned martini glass, but you can make it a longer drink by pouring it over ice cubes in a highball.

Let’s toast to a blossoming month and season, cheers!

Mr. Vargas is the Institute’s President—feel free to contact him via email, AmerVargas @

The Institute is dedicated to raising service standards by broadly disseminating the mindset and superior service expertise of that time-honored, quintessential service provider, the British Butler, updated with modern people skills, and adapted to the needs of modern employers and guests in staffed homes, luxury hotels, resorts, spas, retirement communities, jets, yachts & cruise ships around the world.