July 21, 2013

Chamomile Soda

I was given a bunch of fresh chamomile flowers last week which I put in a glass of water on the counter and had a great time looking at every time I went into the kitchen.  Once the flowers started snowing yellow pollen onto the counter, I realized I had to make something out of them before it was too late.  I’ve never been a huge fan of chamomile tea and it’s been way too hot out for tea anyway, so I went with a chamomile simple syrup.

At first, I didn’t know what I’d do with the syrup.  I tried making a bourbon cocktail with it, but the delicate chamomile flavor was dropkicked by the bourbon. When a craving for a cold, bubbly seltzer hit me, I got the fabulous idea to make a chamomile soda which was a perfect way to let the chamomile shine.

I’ve always been a fan of unique soda flavors.  At the New Amsterdam Market in Manhattan a few weeks ago, I tried P&H Soda Co.'s lovage soda.  Lovage is an herb that tastes like celery.  Celery soda might not sound so great, but it was just sweet enough and just savory enough to be pleasing and refreshing.  The fun thing about simple syrup is that you can infuse it with any fresh herb or tea that you can think of.  Here’s a simple recipe for your very own homemade chamomile soda.  Don’t worry if you can’t find fresh chamomile flowers; you can use chamomile tea bags and get a similar result.


Makes about 2 cups syrup

1 bunch fresh chamomile flowers (or 3 chamomile tea bags)
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
Club soda

To make the syrup:

1.  Add the sugar and water to a small pot over low heat.  Stir until all sugar is dissolved and the syrup starts slightly boiling.

2.  Turn off the heat, add the chamomile flowers and let the syrup cool to room temperature.  Strain the syrup through cheesecloth into a mason jar or bottle. Keep refrigerated and use within 5 days.

To make the soda:

1.  Pour your desired amount of syrup into a glass of cold club soda with ice.


  1. I love crazy sodas. Especially homemade ones, because factory soda is WAY SWEET. This looks perfect.

  2. Dorie,do you ever throw anything out?. You're a true Italian and a great chef. Got to try this with fresh Ginger root.

  3. Ooh, fresh ginger soda sounds great. Nope, these days I don't really throw anything out...when in doubt, pickle it! Haha:)

  4. I agree Sarah! When I want a soda on the go, I like Gus Grown Up Sodas and cucumber or vanilla soda from Dry Soda Co. They're lightly sweetened and so good!

  5. This sounds absolutely delicious! I am not a huge chamomile fan either, but this is something that I would actually go for. I can imagine the combo is delicately lovely. Your photography and styling is beautiful as well. :)

  6. Hi Abby! The chamomile soda was way more appealing than tea and you can use this technique to make ginger soda or other tea flavored sodas. Thanks for stopping by!

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