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Chamomile Tequila Sour

In the world of classic cocktails, the Tequila Sour has a very dynamic history. In truth, its a deviation of the more traditional "sour" recipe that includes a spirit, lemon or lime juice, and a sweetener. Dating back to it's genesis in the late 1800s, the original sour recipe traditionally called for whiskey, brandy, or gin.

The Tequila Sour emerged in the mid 1900s, becoming a popular variation on the sour with the rise of popularity of tequila in the US. The Tequila Sour is essentially a simplified margarita with flavors of tang from the citrus, sweetness from the sugar component, and the earthiness supplied by the tequila.

With the addition of Taylors of Harrogate Chamomile Tea, this drink takes on floral and bright notes that bring out a little bit more of the sweetness and tang, while cutting through some of the tequila. If you've ever made margaritas at home, you'll no doubt be highly familiar with the overall flavor profiles of this version of the tequila sour.

This recipe requires some advance prep in order to make the Chamomile Simple Syrup, so if you're planning on serving at a part, we recommend you plan about 1.5 - 2 hours ahead of time before you start mixing.

How to Make the Chamomile Simple Syrup

Ingredients that you'll need:

  • 4 Taylors of Harrogate Organic Chamomile Tea bags
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water

In a medium or small saucepan, pour in the water and sugar and set it on a high heat continuously stirring. Once the mixture comes to a boil, remove it from heat and set it on a heat-safe pad. Add the Taylors of Harrogate Organic Chamomile Tea bags and allow them to steep in the simple syrup for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes have passed, remove the tea bags and refrigerate to bring the temperature down.

This tequila sour is meant to be served cold, so you should wait until the syrup is at least to room temperature before you use it to mix.

How to Make the Chamomile Tequila Sour

Ingredients that you'll need:

  • 1/2 cup Kosher Salt
  • 1 lime wedge, plus 1 ounce fresh lime juice from about 2 limes
  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 1 1/2 ounces chamomile simple syrup
  • garnish

Tequila sours are traditionally served in a rocks style glass, but because the drink has so many variations, its acceptable to server it really any glass, including martini, champagne, and even mason jars.

For each cocktail, place the salt in a small, shallow plate in an even layer. Moisten the rim of a coupe glass by running a lime wedge around the rim. Dip glass into salt and set aside.

Then, combine lime juice, tequila, and chamomile simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice. Shake until well chilled, about 15 seconds. Strain into the salt rimmed glass and serve. You can also garnish with a lemon slice.

That's it! This drink is best to be enjoyed during the warmer months, responsibly.

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