Chamomile Cooler Cocktail Recipe
In our last farm share, along with the expected greens, peppers, tomatoes, and berries, we got a bundle of chamomile. While of course it is, we never thought of chamomile as an actual farm product; as far as our experience told us, chamomile occurs naturally in teabags.
It turns out that chamomile is a small white and yellow flower, looking a little like the mutt of a daisy and dill weed. It looks cute, but a little shaggy. As you might guess, though, it smells utterly delightful, like pleasant relaxation in scent form.
Gratefully, the farm share offered some clues as to what we could do with fresh chamomile. One of the suggestions was to make a simple syrup. Knowing that an interesting homemade syrup is a great way to spruce up a drink, we ran with that one.
The syrup is light and sweet, refreshing and relaxing. We used it to make this summer cooler, for those times when you want your drink to soothe you and refresh you at the same time.
If you find yourself with a bunch of chamomile in your farm share, and you’re wondering what to do with it, we recommend this.
- 2 oz gin
- 1/2 oz chamomile syrup
- 3 oz sparkling white wine
- 1 dash lavender bitters (optional)–if you don’t have lavender bitters, just skip the bitters rather than using an alternative bitter
- Add the gin, syrup, and bitters, to a highball glass.
- Stir gently to blend.
- Fill the glass with ice.
- Add sparkling wine.