Chamomile is a pretty little flower that’s often growing in gardens and flower fields all across the globe. It’s famous for its medical benefits, and it’s also commonly used for brewing tea. But chamomile can also be a beautiful element in other drinks. For instance, it works in lighter summer drinks. Chamomile cordial can add herbal notes and sweetness when mixed in a Spritz cocktail or in the Ve.n.to cocktail.
When used in cocktails, bartenders often opt for chamomile in form of a cordial. That way, the drink is not only flavored, it also gets sweetened at the same time. Read on, and let me show you how you can make your own chamomile cordial at home.
Common types of chamomile
Perhaps you might not be aware of this, but there are many different types and versions of chamomile. A total of eight different plant types go under the name chamomile inside the plant family of the Asteraceae. The German chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) and Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum Nobile) are the sorts we usually use in teas and other herbal infusions.
When processed into tea, only the flowers of German or Roman chamomile get used. But in some cases, chamomile is also a component in the brewing process of beer. It adds some bitter flavors to the brew. And in that case, not only the flowers but the whole plant is processed.
What is Cordial?
Cordials are pretty similar to syrups. In fact, a cordial is a syrup infused with herbs, spices, or other kinds of plants. That’s also the reason why you’ll find a vast selection of different cordial recipes, which makes it a perfect base to experiment with all kinds of cocktail recipes.
And cordials are not only a great addition to boozy cocktails. They are also excellent for adding flavor to mocktail recipes. And if you prefer it without any frills: it is also a nice refreshment when mixed with plain club soda.
Benefits of chamomile
Chamomile can be a great help for a variety of health issues. It’s commonly used as medication when you have a cold. And chamomile is also beneficial for reducing inflammation.
But have you ever heard that it also lowers your blood sugar, improves your quality of sleep, and helps to prevent & fight cancer? A study from 2012 by Serbian Scientologists even poofed the effect of marigold and chamomile teas targeting cancer tumors. Although I want to add that apparently, the results for Marigold were better than that of chamomile. -And please note that this can always only be supporting treatment and never replace medical therapy.
How to make chamomile cordial
Chamomile is the classic herb for use in teas and does have a reputation of being rather unexciting. So let’s change that and turn it into a fancy cocktail ingredient in making chamomile cordial. And doing this isn’t hard at all. All we need is sugar, water, chamomile, and a bit of citrus peel. And the result will add a beautiful herbal chamomile note to your cocktails. So let’s get started with our cordial.
- 2 cups Water
- 2 cups Sugar
- 4 servings Chamomile tea 1 serving = 1 teabag or equivalent in loose tea
- 0.5 pcs lemon Only the peel is needed
- Gently peel a half lemon and put the peel aside. Make sure you only get the peel and not the white stuff.
- Put two cups of water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat and add the sugar. Bring the mix to a boil and stir it until the sugar completely dissolves.
- Turn off the heat and add the chamomile tea and lemon peel.
- Cover the saucepan and let the mix cool down. This will normally take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes.
- Once it reaches room temperature, you can fine strain the cordial into a bottle, let it cool down completely, and then store it in your fridge.