3 ways with…Chamomile

3 ways with… is a series exploring different ways of brewing and sipping our favourite drink. I’ll be picking out some of my favourite Cosy flavours and showing you a few different ways to enjoy them. Click here to see previous posts from the series.

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Chamomile is by far one of the most popular herbal infusions around. With a list of associated health benefits as long as your arm, it’s not hard to see why. Not only that, Chamomile tea has certainly stood the test of time – it was one of the drinks of choice in Ancient Egypt and may have been enjoyed even earlier than that. The name Chamomile comes from an Ancient Greek word for ‘ground apple’. If you’re wondering why our ancient pals named a dainty little flower after a fruit, it’s thought it is probably because the Chamomile flower has a similar scent to apple blossom.

You know those health benefits I mentioned? I really wasn’t joking. Over the years Chamomile has been associated with a whole host of perks and uses. Egyptians used it to cure fevers, the Romans burnt it as incense, and closer to home English brewers even used the flowers as an ingredient in beer in the Middle Ages. These days many people drink Chamomile tea at bedtime as it is reported to help calm the nervous system and promote healthy sleep. It is also reported to soothe stomach cramps, skin inflammation, treat hair and nails, and even fend off coughs and colds.
0439 Cosy Chamomile Box OUTLINED_FIR_AWOur delicious organic Cosy Chamomile infusion is  subtly flavoured with liquorice for a hint of sweetness, and it’s so good that to be honest, I’d probably drink it even if it wasn’t supposedly good for me. It’s lovely just as it is with a trickle of honey to sweeten the deal, but add some extra bits and pieces and you can transform your regular cup o’ Chamomile into so much more. Let’s get cracking with 3 ways to drink Cosy Chamomile…

 

In a hot toddy…

There is nothing better on a chilly winter evening than a comforting hot drink, all the better when it includes warming spices and a drop of brandy like this one does. Plus, if you’re feeling under the weather this is the ultimate pick-me-up. Simply brew your tea (you’ll want it nice and strong for this recipe so leave it for a good 5 minutes), squeeze in a wedge of lemon, a dash of brandy (I’ll leave it to you to decide how much) and sweeten to taste with honey. Serve with a cinnamon stick and enjoy it while it’s still hot. You can leave out the brandy if you prefer, it’ll still be delicious.

As an iced tea…

Picture by Drizzle and Drip

Picture by Drizzle and Drip

If the hot toddy was the perfect winter brew, then this is its summer cousin. The best part about this Chamomile iced tea with apple and passionfruit recipe? It is just so simple. Keep the ingredients on hand and you’ll never have to wait too long for a wonderful refreshing alternative to hot tea.

In a cocktail…

Picture from Bon Appetit

Picture from Bon Appetit

It wouldn’t be a ‘3 ways with…’ post if we didn’t feature at least one tea based cocktail. If you haven’t thought of pairing the unique taste of Chamomile with gin, lemon, and honey, then you’ve been missing out. This Bon Appetit recipe for a Chamomile Gin cocktail is the perfect zesty and refreshing happy hour treat. We’re sold!

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