One of the sushi chefs at prepared a sake drink for us of cold sake in which he soaked a salted cherry blossom. Yes, those cherry blossoms . They’re called “sakura-no-shiozuke. Fresh cherry blossoms are pickled with salt and vinegar and then preserved in salt. They taste similar to salted plums, albeit much lighter in flavor and far less salty. The salted blossoms add a great complexity to cold sake.