Tea Experiments: Cold Chamomile Herbal

For this round of experiments, I tried three different chamomile blend recipes. I love chamomile and often have a hot cup before bed because I find it very calming and relaxing. For this though, I wanted to try it out cold and with some different blends. I did two blends cold steeped and one blend hot steeped and then chilled. The chamomile I am using is from Churchill’s Teas and I highly recommend it since it is full flower and stem and organic.

Trial 1: First I started off with my go-to blend for when I make chamomile hot. This includes:

  • 2 Spoonfuls Chamomile
  • 1 Spoonful Lemon Balm
  • Pinch Peppermint
  • Pinch+ Dried Ginger

I cold steeped this overnight in 12 ounces of water. This blend is amazing hot, warm and soothing. Trying it cold, it turned out nice but led me to wonder if this particular blend is better off hot. It still tasted good, reminiscent of a spring meadow, but the flavors of the peppermint and ginger did not really come through well. Still a nice smooth and calming blend, just better hot in my opinion.

Trial 2: For my second blend, I wanted something floral and refreshing. I used:

  • 2 Spoonfuls Chamomile
  • 1 Spoonful Rose Petals
  • Pinch+ Spearmint

Cold steeped overnight in 12 ounces of water. This one turned out quite well and I drank through it quickly. It was very refreshing with the mint. The only thing I did not like is that I think I used a bit too much mint. Even though it was a very small amount, it came through as a very dominant flavor. I could not really taste the rose but the chamomile was there in the background. So it would be a good blend if you are looking for a spearmint forward drink, and it was enjoyable, just not quite what I was after. I think if I do it again I would us the tiniest amount of mint and more rose.

Trials 2 and 1 after cold steeping overnight

Trial 3: Now my third try was my favorite, it turned out delicious. For this one I used:

  • 2 Spoonfuls Chamomile
  • 2 Pinches Lemongrass
  • 4 Pieces Freeze Dried Peaches (From Rotten Fruit Box, so yummy)
  • Little Bit Of Honey (about half tsp)

This blend I hot steeped first, because I discovered when using the dried peaches their flavor does not come out well cold steeped. It steeped in 10 ounces of water with one broken piece of peach for five minutes. Then I transferred it to a mug with the remaining pieces of peach and the honey and allowed it to cool. Once cooled, I refrigerated it for several hours. Cooling then chilling is my preferred way to make “iced” tea, yes it takes longer but you do not have ice diluting your drink.

Trial 3 Ingredients

This experiment turned out excellent, both the peach and chamomile flavors stood out well. Peach and chamomile seem to be good complementary flavors and make a really enjoyable drink. This would be a great drink for a picnic, bright peach and calming chamomile blending to make something truly lovely. I am interested to try this using fresh or frozen peaches, but I did not have any at the time. I would imagine the flavor would be even better with fresh.

I plan to keep experimenting with chamomile since I do enjoy it so well, and when chilled it makes a lovely afternoon drink for warm days.

Do you like chamomile? What are your favorite ingredients to have blended with it? I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, and that is fine, we all have different taste preferences and that is how we end up with such a massive amount of tea and herbals out there to choose from.

I will be back soon with more tea blogging and tea experiments. I have some hojicha powder ordered that I am very excited to experiment with.

Thank you for joining me and have a lovely day!

Published by TeaFueledWriter

I'm a writer who loves tea. I write mostly in the fantasy genre and usually work on book length projects. I do have one short story published. My big passion is tea, loose leaf tea. I drink 3-4 cups a day. I steep tea both western and gongfu styles. I have quite a large tea and teaware collection. I also enjoy reading, crocheting, embroidery, and playing with my kitty, Nimbus.

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