Delicious Cocktail Using Camomile Tea

The increasing interest in cocktails has led to a number of good tea cocktails.  But it is rare to find a quality cocktail that uses chamomile tea.   But we discovered one that looks delicious.  This cocktail is from Elizabeth Powell of Art Bar in Cambridge, MA.

Just as with any recipe, the quality of the ingredients in important. Since this recipe uses so much camomile tea, make sure to use a good one such as Dilmah Chamomile Tea or Ridgways Camomile Tea.  If you want to spice it up and bit, you can try Heath & Heather Camomile & Honey Tea.

Pommes Exceptionnelles (this recipe serves 1o to 12)

2½ cups spiced apple cider
2½ cups camomile tea
1¼ cups honey
5 ounces good brandy
5 ounces Laird’s Applejack
5 ounces Madeira
Freshly grated cinnamon and nutmeg, for garnish
1 Granny Smith apple, cored and thinly sliced, for garnish

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, stir together the cider, tea, and honey until warm. In a punch bowl, combine the brandy, applejack, and Madeira, then add the warm cider mixture and stir. Garnish with cinnamon, nutmeg, and apple slices and serve warm.

This recipe first appeared in The Boston Globe Magazine.

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