glopmod OP t1_jd5jyvq wrote

A. The people who gave us the trees

B. [DC, as the biggest part of the cherry blossom festival is called Sakura Matsuri](

Sakura literally means cherry blossom. Cherry blossoms don't taste like cherries. The trees we have a festival for don't produce fruit.


Tens of thousands of people are lining up downtown for a festival called Sakura Matsuri, and local restaurants serve drinks during it that taste like cherry. That is the post.


It's been 48 hours. Please go away.


glopmod OP t1_jd3bsu4 wrote

Because people don't eat shamrocks. A shamrock shock is a madeup item from an American burger place to celebrate a watered down American version of an Irish holiday.

Sakura season is specifically celebrated here, in one city, because we were gifted sakura trees from the culture known for sakura season.


The only people expecting it to taste like cherries is people who know nothing about it.

This is the stupidest fucking comparison.


glopmod OP t1_jd05669 wrote

I think it's ignorance on the part of restaurants.


There are also a lot of "successful businesses" that cater specifically to... serving what they say they are serving, even if someone might not have heard of it. It's why a cheap Americanized roll of sushi with spicy mayo and avocado costs a fraction of a piece of fish that the person who is upset their sakura drink doesn't taste like the wrong thing would say "ew, it's raw."


You will notice several people share this criticism in these comments.


glopmod OP t1_jcz2kgb wrote

People don't make the assumption that cherry blossom flavored food tastes like cherry because the trees are biologically similar.


They make the assumption because they assume a cherry blossom flavor tastes like cherries.


If everything cherry blossom flavored was called sakura no one would make that mistake.


I didn't say or suggest they were totally unrelated plants.


glopmod OP t1_jcyzinx wrote

People can enjoy whatever they want. That isn't at all the discussion.


The discussion is that bars and restaurants create flavor profiles based around a piece of fruit because the tree shares the same name as a fruitless flowering tree in English.


You can like watermelon, but that doesn't mean it tastes like tap water or musk melon, the type of fruit that most Asian flavored products base their melon flavor on.


glopmod OP t1_jcyozyr wrote

I have been let down ordering "cherry blossom" cocktails that use cherry flavor. It dominates the drink and doesn't taste anything like cherry blossom.


I brought back a bottle of sakura liqueur to replicate for our wedding menu a few years ago. This stuff is pretty solid, compared to actual sakura liqueur, if you mix it with 1 part vodka and 1 part sugar.