Snake Bit Sprout Chamomile Cocktail

chamomile cocktailThe bar team at Julep commonly taps regional and historic ingredients to make the house drinks. In this refreshing chamomile cocktail, bartender Kenneth Freeman uses the flowers to bring a perfume-like depth to the mix. Did you know chamomile was once used as a southern remedy for snake bites? That’s where Freeman found inspiration for the creative name.

1½ oz. chamomile-infused gin
½ oz. fresh lime juice
½ oz. pineapple juice
½ oz. simple syrup
1½ oz. dry cider
Tools: shaker, strainer
Glass: Collins
Garnish: dried chamomile flowers (optional)

Shake all ingredients except the cider with ice and strain into glass filled with 4 large ice cubes. Top with crushed ice, fill with chilled cider. Garnish.

Chamomile-Infused Gin: Combine 7 oz. of London dry gin with 4 oz. of dried chamomile flowers; let soak for 3 hours. Strain before use.

Kenneth Freeman, Julep, Houston, Texas