Chamomile is an herb that contains plenty benefits and uses, which is why it has been used since ancient times. Its popularity got a boost back in the Middle Ages as people found it helpful in relieving different types of diseases, such as fever, nausea, inflammations, and others. For some, it was the European counterpart of Ginseng, the Chinese do-it-all herb.
It can be applied or ingested in various ways, the most common of which is as tea. But another way to drink chamomile is to infuse a cocktail with the herb.
To do so, you can concoct a honey syrup blended with chamomile. Just add chamomile to cold water in an enclosed container and let it infuse for three to four hours; every 30 minutes, it should be lightly shaken.
After which, remove the chamomile by straining, otherwise, the syrup would become too bitter. Heat the resulting chamomile water and mix it with honey until the substance has settled to create the chamomile honey syrup.
This syrup can then be added to your choice of cocktail mix.
For example, you can create the classic Bee’s Knees cocktail by adding the chamomile honey syrup to gin and lemon juice, resulting in a light, fragrant, and sweet drink.
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