The connection between fragrance and memory is undeniable. One whiff of a familiar scent can make the past come alive in sparkling detail. As Adrianna Adarme, the blogger behind recipe site A Cozy Kitchen, worked on this last cocktail for us in our series about Modern Muse, she channeled her childhood rituals around chamomile tea to create a sensorial experience as captivating as the fragrance.
“I love the delicate flavor of chamomile tea,” Adarme explains. “It reminds me of being a kid and having a warm mug before bed. This is a bit of an adult version, with lemon, honey and sweetness from the bourbon and sugar.” As is the essence of Modern Muse, this cocktail is all about a study in contrasts, balancing the strength of bourbon with the delicacy of chamomile tea. Read on, sip and relax.
Chamomile Bee’s Knees
3 tablespoons loose-leaf chamomile tea or 2 chamomile tea bags
1 cup hot water
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup of ice
2 ounces bourbon
Juice from 1 lemon, plus 1 lemon as garnish
Steep the chamomile tea and hot water in a measuring cup or small bowl for 2-3 minutes. Strain tea and discard.
Mix in the honey and sugar until dissolved. Allow to cool to room temperature.
In a shaker, pour 1/2 cup chamomile mixture, bourbon and juice from 1 lemon over ice. Shake well. Divide between two glasses filled with ice.