Taste the cherry blossoms

Illustration by Sarah Hansel

Toast to spring, when cherry blossoms unfurl their pink pedals and chilled cocktails finally taste refreshing. To honor both of these springy things, Shady Lady Saloon will serve Japan-inspired cocktails at the Sakuramento Cherry Blossom Happy Hour from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 23. For one day only, bartender Laura Bruce will put her own spin on a few classics that cost $7 each: The White Blossom mixes gin, lemon juice, sparkling water and—of course—cherry blossom tea syrup. For the whiskey lovers, the Hanami Manhattan also includes vermouth, bitters and—sure as the seasons change—cherry blossom leaf tincture. The Saktail offers its eponymous sake, plus green tea and—you know by now—cherry blossom honey. Proceeds go toward the Hanami Line, a new park along the Sacramento River. Get the details at www.facebook.com/