How to Make Chamomile Simple Syrup

When chamomile meets delicious.
Tayler Tayler (63)
30 minutes

For thousands of years, chamomile has been used to calm anxiety and settle sour stomachs, but recently that we've started broadening our chamomile horizons to simple syrup.

Certainly one of the more obscure sides of simple syrup recipes, learning how to make chamomile simple syrup is a great way to add some floral flavors to your favorite cocktails (like a Tom Collins or a Gin Fizz).

What makes this particular recipe is even tastier is the use of fresh lemon peels.

Now, grab your vegetable peeler, your sugar, and let's learn how to make chamomile simple syrup.

What to learn how to make something really delicious? Check out my recipe for blackberry simple syrup.

Kitchen tools
1 eaSauce pot
1 eaLiquid Measuring CupsLiquid Measuring Cups
1 eaWide-mouthed Mason JarWide-mouthed Mason Jar
1 eaVegetable Peeler
1 eaStrainer
1 eaSpoon to stir
Ingredients
1 ealemon
1 tablespoonDried chamomile flowers
1 cupsugar
1 cupWater

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Chamomile flowers.

Like our rose water simple syrup guide, you can use freshly grown chamomile flowers, or you can use dried flowers.

If you're using dried flowers, try to buy organic. For example, while chamomile leaves are widely sold to be used for home growth, it's important to make sure they're actually safe for consumption.

Check and research everything that's listed on the packs you're buying. A quick search with a reputable source will help you determine whether your flowers are safe or not.

Otherwise, buying organic is always a good route to take.

Once you have your flowers, you'll be ready to make your syrup.

Sugar in the pot.

Carefully use your vegetable peeler to peel the skin of 1 lemon. Drop the peels into your sauce pot.

Measure out 2 tbsp of chamomile flowers and add them to your lemon peel.

Measure out 1 cup of sugar and add them to your pot.

Finally, add 1 cup of water to the pan.

Heating pot.

Place your pot over medium-high heat.

Stirring occasionally to help your sugar dissolve, bring your syrup to a boil. Once your sugar has dissolved, turn off your stove, and remove your pot from the burner. Allow it to cool for 10 minutes.

Chamomile syrup cocktail.

Once your pot has cooled, pour your syrup through a strainer and into your mason jar (or any airtight container).

Now that you known how to make chamomile simple syrup, it will keep in the fridge for up 4 weeks, which gives you enough time to enjoy a beverage (or two). Whether you're pouring this syrup into a cup of tea or your favorite cocktail or a combination of the two (try a little of your simple syrup in a glass of whiskey, with a dash of honey, and your favorite sleepy tea) and enjoy!

Pro tip: Clean up your sauce pot before your sugar evaporates and crystalizes to the side of your cookware. Nothing is worse than scraping off sugar.

Bring the bar experience to your home.
Tayler Tayler (63)
30 minutes

While nothing beats hitting your local favorite watering hole for a beverage, there's something to be said for creating a craft cocktail within the comfort of your home.