Continuing our apparent summer obsession with flower-based drinks (like the Lavender Collins and the Blue Moon), I decided to use the chamomile growing in my garden to make a calm, yet enjoyably grown-up cocktail.
2 oz gin
1 oz chamomile syrup
1 oz lemon juice
¾ oz egg white
Chamomile flowers for garnish
Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain out the ice, then dry shake. Double strain into a chilled coupe and garnish with chamomile flowers.
Making the chamomile syrup is pretty straightforward and follows the same general guidelines as any syrup.
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
A handful of chamomile flowers
Mix the sugar and water in a small sauce pan on medium-high heat. As the water heats up, stir to dissolve the sugar. At the first hint of a boil, remove from heat and let cool.
Really, what you end up getting is a very sweet and fragrant chamomile tea.
The Calm Evening Breeze is just another in our growing list of floral cocktails. It’s a beautiful way to unwind after a long day and get in some much-needed relaxation.