Spring Buzz (Chamomile, Whiskey and Honey Cocktail)

This month’s spring cocktail is a delicious twist on the traditional honey whiskey. This drink combines fresh and floral notes of chamomile with bold flavors from bourbon, bitters and ginger beer to create a light-bodied, floral cocktail that you’ll never forget!

The “cocktail with champagne and aperol” is a drink that combines three ingredients: chamomile, whiskey, and honey.

What sparked the creation of this whiskey cocktail?

In college, I tried whiskey and tea for the first time. I had a throat infection and was aching all over. I phoned off my waitressing work in my sweatpants from yesterday. All I needed was something to calm my throat after a day of hard swallowing.

I’d heard of hot toddies before, which are prepared with hot chamomile tea, whiskey, and lemon, but I’d never had one. I knew how to prepare one from my waitressing days, so I steeped some tea, poured in a liberal helping of whiskey, and drank the nicest whiskey and honey drink I’d ever had. 

Today’s whiskey drink is more akin to a cold toddy. I’m feeling cold because I’m becoming antsy for spring and warmer weather. My sister, Rebe, aptly termed it The Spring Buzz. For this whiskey and honey drink, I used Aloha’s sleep tea, which is a combination of chamomile, lemon balm, and valerian root. Perfect for those hot summer evenings when you want to relax and unwind. It’s incredibly sophisticated, like grandmothers and British folks, when paired with fragrant elderflower liqueur and spiced whisky.

It’s also fantastic when you want a drink with a lot of flavor but none of the sugar. Spring 20-16, for example: tea and bourbon.

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What’s the secret ingredient in this whiskey and honey cocktail?

What makes this whiskey drink so refreshing is this: 

For this whiskey and honey drink, I steeped only one bag of chamomile tea, but feel free to steep two or three for a richer taste. Personally, I like this drink with just a bit of chamomile, but you do you. 

Honey is a natural product. I just used 2 tablespoons of honey for two meals. Enough to make this whiskey drink sweet without being overly sweet. 

Whiskey — There’s no need for an explanation here. Use whichever kind you happen to have on hand! 

St. Germain is the greatest elderflower liqueur on the market. It has a little sweet and flowery flavor to it, but it doesn’t taste like soap. 

Lemon juice – Just a lemon juice squeezed can give this drink a blast of brightness. 

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This dish serves two people, but it may easily be scaled up. It would also look great in a huge pitcher with edible white flowers on top!

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Ingredients

(This recipe makes two drinks.)

  • 1/2 gallon of water
  • 1 pound of Aloha Sleep tea
  • honey (two teaspoons)
  • 2 oz. of whiskey
  • a half ounce of St. Germain
  • squeeze of lemon juice
  • garnish with edible flowers and a lemon slice (optional)

Instructions

  1. Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan. 1 Aloha tea bag, steeped After 5 minutes, remove the tea bag and mix in the honey. Allow to cool fully before using.
  2. 1 ounce whiskey and 1/4 ounce St. Germain in a rocks glass over ice. Pour in 2/3 cup tea and a squeeze of lemon juice to finish. If desired, garnish with edible flowers and a lemon slice. Continue with the second glass.

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