The inspiration here was to make aperitifs and digestifs fashionable again by packing as many stomach-soothing herbs into a hip, zingy cocktail that’s more noughties’ mojito than 70s’ Drambuie. Angelica tastes wonderful (I think it’s one of the most overlooked culinary herbs) and is traditionally used as a stomach-settler. Drink this before or after meals, as an aid to digestion.
You will find dried angelica root at any herbal supply shop. And the easiest way to get hold of chamomile flowers is from the supermarket: simply snip open a few chamomile tea bags.
For the tincture:
100g fresh angelica root from the garden or 50g dried angelica root
25g fresh mint leaves
4 tsp fennel seeds
4 tsp dried German chamomile flowers (Matricaria recutita)
500ml vodka, or to cover
For the cocktail:
sprig of mint
fresh dill leaves
flat/uncarbonated ginger beer or ginger cordial (or other soft drink of your choice)
1 Wash and chop the angelica root and place in a glass jar with the fresh mint, fennel seeds and dried chamomile. Pour on the vodka to cover all the plant material. Seal the jar and leave to steep in a cold dark place for 10–14 days.
2 When ready, strain through muslin, reserving the liquid. This should produce about 400ml of vodka tincture.
3 Making the cockatail couldn’t be simpler, just muddle a shot of the angelica tincture (about 35ml) with a sprig of mint, some dill leaves and lime slices in a tall glass. Top up with ice and flat or uncarbonated ginger beer or a soft cordial/drink you fancy.
NB: You can make the drink considerably less alcoholic by adding the shot of tincture to boiling hot mixer/cordial, then allowing it to cool before adding the ice, mint, lime and dill. This works because the boiling hot mixer evaporates off most of the alcohol in the tincture.
USE Before meals to aid digestion or after meals if experiencing indigestion.
CAUTION: Contains alcohol. Do not take if you are on medication from the doctor for a stomach ulcer or inflamed stomach lining – this is for simple indigestion and wind. Consideration should be taken when driving due to the alcohol content.
STORAGE Store the tincture in a bottle in a cool, dark place for at least 1 year.