Cherry Blossom Lemonade

This easy recipe for sugar-free cherry blossom lemonade captures the essence of the sakura in a refreshing drink: delicate, subtly fragrant and with a lovely pink color. And it’s incredible easy to make!

Homemade cherry blossom lemonade

Inspired by this sakura lemonade from Matcha Oishii’s website, this delicate drink combines the elegance of cherry blossom with a hint of tartness from the lemon.
The result is a light and refreshing, alcohol-free beverage that tastes like springtime in a glass. And with less than 20 calories per serving!

Reasons to love this recipe

  • It’s quick and easy to make
  • It’s refreshing and perfect for both spring and summer
  • It has very enjoyable taste and looks
  • It’s sugar-free, alcohol-free and vegan

What is cherry blossom lemonade?

Sugar-free sakura lemonade

Cherry blossom lemonade or sakura lemonade is the combination of cherry blossoms (usually sold in powdered form, dried or salt-pickled) and lemon.

The cherry blossom, or sakura, is a symbol of springtime in Japan and a sort of national symbol of the country.
Sakura blossoms are delicate and have a subtle but sweet fragrance.

While some varieties of sakura flowers are edible, they aren’t the most common ingredient even in Japanese cuisine.
However, in last years sakura is enjoying more and more popularity, so you may find food-grade sakura blossoms or powder online.

To make cherry blossom lemonade, you only have to mix some cherry blossom powder with lemonade.

What does cherry blossom lemonade taste like?

Everybody already knows how lemonade taste, so let’s focus on the sakura flavor.
Cherry blossoms have a very delicate and subtle fragrance, which is not easy to describe.

If you’ve ever smelled cherry blossoms, you may have noticed that they barely smell, but they still have a pleasant aroma.
And drinks with sakura powder honor this characteristic: they are very delicate, with a hint of sweetness.

It doesn’t exactly taste like cherries, but sometimes you may find a slight resemblance in the aftertaste.

When combined with lemon juice, as in this recipe, the drink becomes refreshing while still keeping that light and fine sakura flavor.

How to make sakura lemonade sugar-free

You may use regular sugar for this recipe, but if you have sugar-free sakura powder, you might as well make a sugar-free cherry blossom lemonade.

To do so, I like using xylitol or erythritol, as they taste very neutral so they don’t interfere with the delicate flavor of cherry blossoms.

You can find xylitol and erythritol in most health food stores, but if you can’t find them, you may use any other sugar-free sweetener of your choice.

You could also use stevia, but I find that it has a stronger flavor that may not be to everyone’s taste.

How to make cherry blossom lemonade

This cherry blossom lemonade recipe is very easy and quick to make.
You only need 4 ingredients:

*If you don’t have powdered cherry blossom, sakura jam may be a good alternative.

You just have to mix everything together and serve over ice!

How to make cherry blossom lemonade

  1. Make a cherry blossom simple syrup

    Start by warming a little amount of water. Pour it over the cherry blossoms powder and sweetener and stir to dissolve.
    You may also use simple syrup instead of granulated sweetener.Sakura powder and Erythritol

  2. Make it a (concentrated) lemonade

    Add a tablespoon lemon juice.Adding lemon juice to sakura lemonade

  3. Fill the glass

    Pour water and (optionally) some ice cubes until your glass is full.Sakura lemonade with ice


Tips


  • As with any kind of lemonade, you may substitute fresh squeezed lemon use for frozen lemon juice.
  • Adapt the sourness and sweetness to your taste – I personally prefer this recipe subtle, almost as a refreshing flavored water, but you may add more lemon juice or sweetener if you prefer.
  • Make cherry blossom syrup before mixing it with the rest of liquids – sakura powder usually dissolves much easier if you site it with a little amount of warm or hot water first. Since sugar or other powdered sweeteners also dissolve much better in warm water, I find it’s best to make a sugar syrup with cherry blossoms first and then add the rest of the liquids.
  • If you like sparkling lemonades, you may use sparkling water.

Common questions about cherry blossoms

Can I use cherries instead of cherry blossoms?

Cherry blossoms don’t taste exactly like cherries, so while you may make lemonade with cherries and it will taste good, it won’t taste like this recipe.

Is cherry blossom lemonade pink?

The short answer is: yes! Cherry blossoms have a beautiful pink color, and that’s exactly the color you can expect your cherry blossom lemonade to be.
Of course, the final color will also depend on the type and concentration of sakura powder you use.
If you want a more intense color, you can add more sakura powder. If you want a lighter color, add less sakura powder or dilute the lemonade with more water.

Homemade cherry blossom lemonade
5 from 1 vote

Cherry blossoms lemonade recipe

A dazzling refreshing pink lemonade that you can very easily make sugar-free
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Prep Time:5 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon Sugar-free sakura powder
  • 1 teaspoon Erythritol (or sugar or sweetener of choice)
  • 50 ml. Water 3-4 Tablespoons
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon juice
  • Water (or sparkling water)
  • Ice cubes (optional)

Instructions

  • Heat a small amount of water and when it’s warm or hot, dissolve the sakura powder and sweetener in it.
    Making sakura syrup
  • Add the lemon juice (you may add frozen lemon juice instead)
    Adding lemon juice to sakura lemonade
  • Pour the rest of the water to fill the glass
    Sakura lemonade with ice

Notes

If you can’t find cherry blossom powder, the most similar alternative would be using cherry blossom jam instead (just take into consideration that jam is already sweetened).

Nutrition

Calories: 20kcal
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: cherry blossom, lemon, sakura
Servings: 1 Serving
Calories: 20kcal

I hope you enjoy this sakura lemonade as much as we do!

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  1. 5 stars
    What a beautiful drink!
    Thank you very much for the nice idea to get a pretty colored lemonade.

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