Rooibos tea based cocktails has been all the rage this past year. I have seen various social media posts on building rooibos tea into a delicious looking cocktail. To be honest… I don’t like rooibos tea. The only time I drank it was when I was pregnant. I cut out coffee and had to replace it with something to get me through the day, so Rooibos became it. I have not touched rooibos tea since M was born.
Then I saw all these great rooibos based cocktail recipes floating about and I decided to give rooibos another try. But no. I still don’t like rooibos and I could not get a cocktail recipe that drowned out the bushy taste. But I really like the idea of tea in a cocktail. Tea is such an under appreciated base to use in cocktails (and food for that matter).
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And it should make for a great cocktail base. With rooibos tea out, I grabbed the only other tea that I drink – Camomile tea. I love a cup of Camomile tea before bed in winter and it is perfect for when you are feeling a bit under the weather. A bit of googling indicated that camomile tea is a great base for a soft feminine cocktails. So I started experimenting with a Chamomile Cocktail.
Chamomile is the common name for several daisy-like plants that are commonly used to make herb infusions. The chamomile tea is a beautiful golden color with delicate flowery notes. It has nearly the same colour as the the whisky I chose. Grain whiskies are generally a bit sweeter than malt whiskies and the Loch Lomond Single grain has a very clean and fresh nose. I picked up notes of freshly baked cookies, flowers and grass mixed with juniper berries and fruit. There is citrus zest and fruity notes. Delicate enough not to overpower the chamomile.
Chamomile Cocktail with Loch Lomond Single Grain
(Makes 2 glasses)
- 1 1/2 cups of hot water
- 1 Chamomile flower tea bag
- 2 t honey
- 60 ml Loch Lomond Single Grain
- 20 ml Cointreua Triple Sec
- 10 ml lemon juice
Seep the tea bag in the hot water for 5 minutes and cool the tea down. I made the tea quite strong to ensure the Chamomile can stand up to the spicier Loch Lomond. Mix the cold tea and the rest of the ingredients ingredients together in a shaker and pour into 2 glasses. Decorate with a slice of lemon.
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