Chamomile Honey and Whiskey Cocktail


Chamomile Honey Whiskey Cocktail

If yesterday I was wearing a bonnet, speaking with an English accent and pushing scones in your face, then this is me frying chicken with big curls saying stuff like, “the bigger the hair, the closer to…” You get the idea.

Also, can I just say I’m so excited for Monday. My dude has a smoker at his house which means there’s gonna be smoked meat and crazy sticky ribs for consumption. There’s no pool in the backyard, but I’m buying this donut floaty, I’ll be wearing heart sunglasses and sitting in it (with Amelia, of course) ALL DAY long. I can’t wait. Oh and I’ll have this Chamomile Honey Whiskey drank thing in my hand.

It’s the perfect throw-together-stick-in-the-fridge-for-later kind of drink. Low maintenance, no fuss. I might even double it. If I were to compare it to something, I’d say it’s almost like a hot toddy on ice.

Chamomile Honey Whiskey Cocktail

I had big dreams for this fresh chamomile. I wanted to infuse it and make tea and then make this cocktail but I found it to be way too bitter. I turned to dried, store-bought chamomile.

I also tried a version where I put it in the sun and did like a southern sun tea. It looked cute in the jars but honestly the sun wasn’t strong enough to brew the chamomile. The flavor was too mild. Also there was like a honey syrup I made and blah blah. Too much work for too little pay off.

Chamomile Honey Whiskey Cocktail

No biggie. This version below is actually way easy. Make hot water, pour hot water over tea bags, add honey, add bourbon, let steep. Then shake in a shaker and pour over ice cubes. I even used the fresh, cute chamomile flowers as garnish.

This drink is mild. The flavors are mild, chill, relaxed. You can literally drink a few glasses and not think twice. Which can be dangerous…and fun.

So yeah, me in a donut floaty, with Amelia and this drink.


Chamomile Honey Whiskey Cocktail

Chamomile Honey and Whiskey Cocktail

3 from 2 votes


  • 6 chamomile tea bags
  • 32 fluid ounces 4 cups hot water
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 3 fluid ounces whiskey or bourbon
  • 2 orange slices
  • 3 lemon slices
  • Fresh chamomile flowers, optional


  • Make hot water, pour hot water over tea bags, add honey, add bourbon, let steep.
  • Then shake in a shaker and pour over ice cubes
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  • Reply Iris @cookie Chanel May 24, 2013 at 3:15 am

    Sounds like a great time, had by all 🙂

  • Reply Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) May 24, 2013 at 3:43 am

    Sometimes you just need a good cocktail and this is definitely it. I love the chamomile touch which is so unique.

  • Reply Tieghan May 24, 2013 at 5:21 am

    Pretty! I love those floating flowers!

  • Reply Michelle May 24, 2013 at 9:24 am

    An excuse to drink Toddies all year long? DONE. If only all weekends involved donut floaties and ribs.

  • Reply Kelsey May 24, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Dude with a smoker. MEGA thumbs up, lady. Well done. 😉

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme May 24, 2013 at 12:08 pm

      Oh yea. Last year he made SMOKED cherry pie. This is why we like each other. 😉

  • Reply Eileen May 24, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    This sounds like the best possible cousin to a hot toddy. 🙂 I could definitely put a few of these away this weekend!

  • Reply tina May 24, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    wow! what a dreamy weekend you have up your sleeves! and this drink here sounds out of control yo. i’m not a whiskey person but this sounds major!!!

    you have wicked cool food brain and this is why do it love!! happy long weekend!!

  • Reply marilyn kyle May 24, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    This drink looks fab! And the photo is gorgeous! Wish it printed along with the printable version:(

  • Reply Katie @ Blonde Ambition May 24, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Yessss. I love hot toddies and I think this is the perfect summer counterpart!

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  • Reply Lindsey May 25, 2013 at 5:46 am

    i saw chamomile flowers at the farmers’ market the other day, what a great way to use them! awesome idea.

  • Reply Iris May 26, 2013 at 11:00 am

    I saw this recipe and made it the very same day. Amazing! Loved it so much. Is definitely one I will remember and serve a lot!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme May 26, 2013 at 1:31 pm

      Oh yay! So glad you liked it. I’m making it again for tomorrow’s bbq. SO EXCITED!

  • Reply Sophie May 27, 2013 at 10:40 am

    SMOKED PIE! Ribs!! I’m so envious…. we have neither a yard nor a smoker. We’re headed to my parents’ this afternoon to enjoy their smoker (Asian-style bahn-mi-burgers) and it’s pouring rain, but’s that Oregon for ya. This drink sounds perfect… love the relaxation element of chamomile! Rock on. Enjoy your day off 🙂

  • Reply Lola May 27, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    THIS is delicious.

    Also, does your dude have a single, financially stable friend? 😉

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme May 27, 2013 at 9:54 pm

      HA! I read this comment out loud at the BBQ earlier and all my lady friends laughed. Those sights are high, my friend.

  • Reply Fawn at Cowen Park Kitchen May 28, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Looks like the fresh chamomile you had was Roman Chamomile, which is somewhat different from the smaller buds most people use for tea and such. Maybe that’s why it was too bitter?

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme May 28, 2013 at 10:10 am

      I’m not sure. I did some googling and it seems like a lot of people experience bitterness with brewing the fresh leaves and flowers. I want to figure this out!

      • Reply Adam October 20, 2013 at 8:53 am

        thats not chamomile it is feverfew which is closely related, chamomile has feathery leaves whereas the leaves on that plant are whole.

  • Reply Sheri May 31, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    The bitterness could just be the nature of that variety of chamomile, or it could just be that the water was too hot. Sometimes it’s better to pull the water off the heat when it just *barely* starts steaming and let the flowers/herbs sit and steep gently off to the side uncovered.
    Also, one question: shouldn’t you add the bourbon *after* the water/infusion has cooled? I don’t know about anyone else, but I need each drink to pack as much of a punch as possible since trying to scale back on my alcohol intake, lol.

  • Reply Molly Meyers June 9, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    I made this drink the same day too. It is awesome! and you are correct. You can put 1.5 oz in a cocktail glass and you do not taste it. It delicious as it is dangerous

  • Reply Alanna June 10, 2013 at 9:50 am

    I’m kind of freaking out because I want to cook and eat your entire site! 🙂 I accidentally discovered what a good combo chamomile, whiskey and honey are a few years ago when I threw a splash in a cup at a friend’s house several years ago. I couldn’t believe how well the flavors went together. To shake it into an iced beverage with citrus – that is pure genius. LOVE these photos, too.

  • Reply Darcy June 28, 2013 at 9:36 am

    That’s not chamomile at all in your picture, whether Roman (as one commenter claimed) or German. I’m pretty sure it’s actually feverfew, which is a relative of tansy (and most certainly is bitter). Regardless, though, I’m looking forward to trying out the recipe!

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    I am going to make this for a group of beekeepers at our annual fundraiser. We usually just demonstrate cooking food with honey, but we are adding a cocktail this year.

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    Perfect! I can’t think of anything that would be more welcoming and comforting to me right now… And thankfully I have all the ingredients! (love it when that happens) except for fresh chamomile flowers, but I do have dried ones which look almost as pretty 🙂

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    Could someone tell me where I can purchase these glasses? They are awesome

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    YAY!!! Thank you! 😀 I found them already… hehe

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    stir the ingredients in a shaker glass with ice or without?

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    Thanks and better whit ice!!

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    3 stars
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