the camellia cocktail
Erin Kunkel
Total Time 15 mins
AuthorStephani Smith

Stephani Smith, founder and creative director of Garnish Craft Cocktail Catering in Maui, turned to chamomile flowers to flavor this delicate cocktail. For a garnish, she created a tiny camellia look-alike from coiled pink grapefruit zest.

How to Make It

Step 1
1

Make chamomile honey syrup: Put honey, 1/4 cup water, and tea in a small pot over low heat until hot, but not boiling, about 2 minutes. Stir, remove from heat, and let sit 1 hour. Strain and cool.

Step 2
2

Meanwhile, with a Y-type vegetable peeler, remove a long strip of zest from the grapefruit’s circumference; repeat. Roll each into a tight coil, then push up from bottom to create a bud; skewer through middle with a cocktail pick.

Step 3
3

Juice grapefruit to yield 2 oz. juice. Pour into a cocktail shaker with 1/4 to 1/2 oz. chamomile honey syrup and vodka. Add ice; shake well. Add sparkling wine.

Step 4
4

Set zest flowers in coupe glasses. Cover shaker and strain cocktail into glasses.

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*Creamy, pearl-white kiawe honey is produced from the flowers of Hawaii’s kiawe tree, a type of mesquite (from $7.50; for an 8-oz. jar; rarehawaiianhoney.com).

Ingredients

 1/4 cup mild-flavored honey, such as kiawe*, orange blossom, or clover
 1 teaspoon loose chamomile tea leaves
 1 pink grapefruit, preferably ruby
 2 ounce vodka
 1 to 2 ounces sparkling wine

Directions

Step 1
1

Make chamomile honey syrup: Put honey, 1/4 cup water, and tea in a small pot over low heat until hot, but not boiling, about 2 minutes. Stir, remove from heat, and let sit 1 hour. Strain and cool.

Step 2
2

Meanwhile, with a Y-type vegetable peeler, remove a long strip of zest from the grapefruit’s circumference; repeat. Roll each into a tight coil, then push up from bottom to create a bud; skewer through middle with a cocktail pick.

Step 3
3

Juice grapefruit to yield 2 oz. juice. Pour into a cocktail shaker with 1/4 to 1/2 oz. chamomile honey syrup and vodka. Add ice; shake well. Add sparkling wine.

Step 4
4

Set zest flowers in coupe glasses. Cover shaker and strain cocktail into glasses.

5

 

6

*Creamy, pearl-white kiawe honey is produced from the flowers of Hawaii’s kiawe tree, a type of mesquite (from $7.50; for an 8-oz. jar; rarehawaiianhoney.com).

The Camellia