Created by: Cesar Perez II, Bartender, TradeCraft Coffee & Cocktails, El Paso, TX.
- 1 1/2 ounces Reyka vodka
- 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 ounce light chamomile syrup (see recipe page 00)
- 10 drops of 18.21 chamomile bitters
- Atomizer/spritzer of 18.21 ginger lemon tincture
- 3/4 ounce Gosling’s ginger beer
- Lemon flower, for garnish (see recipe page 00)
- Shake and strain first four ingredients over an iced mule cup.
- Top with Gosling’s ginger beer, and garnish with the lemon flower.
- Lastly, spritz the top of the cocktail with 18.21 Ginger Lemon tincture for an added aroma.
- Serve and watch your friends enjoy!
Garnish: Lemon Flower
Using a channel knife, make eight vertical equidistant/symmetrical peel lines going down the long side of a fresh lemon. Turn lemon on its side and slice lemon wheels as you normally would. This should give you some awesome flower/cog looking lemons. Lastly, use a paring knife to cut a semicircle right between the flesh and pith of the lemon, leaving the outer peel intact, This gives you a lip of lemon flesh that can be bent back into a serving glass that leaves the outer peel hanging off the edge of the glass.
You’ll need loose chamomile tea/flowers and clover honey. Bring four cups of water to gentle boil and add about one cup of chamomile tea/flowers and simmer for 10 minutes. Fine strain while still warm and add in a 1:2 ratio of honey (E.g. Four cups of tea to two cups of honey). Let cool, and then bottle.
Springtime in the borderland. Chamomile tea is used as much more than as a base for the widely popular Sleepy-Time tea. I’ve grown fond of all the individual flavors present in my cocktail, and I worked hard to make a great marriage between them. I believe this is a great riff on the mule, and I love that it is a drink that can be enjoyed year round.