José Andrés has announced that he and his team at barmini in Washington, DC will be celebrating four centuries of diplomatic partnership between Japan and Spain.
Coinciding with the start of the National Cherry Blossom Festival on March 20, barmini will serve specially-made cocktails and savory snacks inspired by the collaborative spirit between the two countries.
Each creation will be rooted in Spanish and Japanese flavors, ingredients, and traditions. Cocktails will include original drinks like Yoshimi Kicks the Bad Guys with shochu, fresh-squeezed lime and grapefruit juice, simple syrup and shiso leaves; La Japonesa with coconut cream, matcha cream, white rum, simple syrup, and sudachi; Sakura Tori with gin, Sakura honey, Amontillado sherry, sudachi, and orange bitters; and other newly invented cocktails.
Savory snacks will include Unagi Steam Bun with eel, red sisho, cucumber pickles black sesame, and mayonnaise; and the Unagi Deviled Egg with sea urchin, egg, and paprika.
These celebratory cocktails and small plates will be available at barmini through April 13th.
Karen Lo is an associate editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @appleplexy.