Chamomile Kilt: A Scotch Cocktail - Imbibe Magazine Subscribe + Save

Chamomile Kilt: A Scotch Cocktail

Cure Chamomile Kilt

A classic from award-winning New Orleans bar Cure.

“Danny [Valdéz] was such an important member of our early team at Cure, and he always makes delicious drinks,” writes Neal Bodenheimer in Cure: New Orleans Drinks and How to Mix ‘Em. One such cocktail was this Scotch cocktail sweetened with chamomile simple syrup. Valdéz uses a Speyside single malt “but any pure-malt blended Scotch will work,” says Bodenheimer.


  • 1/2 lemon
  • 2 oz (60 ml) Speyside single malt Scotch
  • 3/4 oz (22.5 ml) chamomile simple syrup
  • 3 or 4 mint leaves
  • mint sprig, for garnish
  • ______________________
  • chamomile simple syrup
  • 1 part white sugar
  • 1 part freshly brewed chamomile tea
  • Tools:shaker tin, strainer, fine strainer
  • Glass:double Old Fashioned
  • Garnish:mint sprig


Muddle the lemon in a shaker tin. Add the Scotch, chamomile syrup, and mint leaves, fill with ice, and shake until chilled. Double-strain into a glass filled with ice, garnish, and serve.

Chamomile Simple Syrup Combine the sugar and tea in a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. As soon as the sugar is dissolved, remove from the heat and allow to cool. Transfer to a nonreactive container and store airtight in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Enjoy This Article?

Sign up for our newsletter and get biweekly recipes and articles delivered to your inbox.

Send this to a friend