By Betsy Rothstein - 03/28/07 07:14 PM EDT
Think pink at Oya Restaurant & Lounge
With the Cherry Blossom Festival on March 31, Oya ushers in spring with pink wines and blossom-inspired libations. The month-long promotion will feature a flight of three rose wines from Australia, France and Virginia for $12. Each wine represents a different style and expression of the color pink.
In addition, Oya will offer a special martini, aptly named the “Blossomtini,” made with Effen Black Cherry Vodka, pinot noir wine, sour mix and grenadine. Another offering is the “Rose Bud,” a rose-flavored Cosmopolitan made with Shakers Rose Vodka.
For chocolate lovers, chef Chris Hylton has whipped up a specialty dessert of the chocolate-covered cherry. It features a thin dark chocolate shell filled with chocolate cherry mousse set on a hazelnut biscuit.
And for those who prefer white chocolate? There’s the White Chocolate Cherry Napoleon, a blend of thin white-chocolate wafers layered with a cherry crème chantilly set over a confit of pomegranate cherries.
Cherry blossom at Juniper restaurant
The signature cocktail at the Fairmont’s Juniper restaurant is the Cherry Blossom Cocktail, which consists of cherry vodka, a touch of soda and a splash of cranberry juice, garnished with a tree-ripened cherry.
Each year the restaurant invents a different cherry blossom cocktail. Director of Operations Paul Ohm is so serious about cherry blossom affairs that he held a tasting to develop the Cherry Blossom Cocktail.