Angelica and Mint Cocktail for Indigestion

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.
  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 10 days 10 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Inactive: 10 days
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Ingredients

Tincture: 

3 1/2 ounces fresh angelica root from the garden or 1 3/4 ounces dried angelica root, washed and chopped

1 ounce fresh mint leaves

4 teaspoons dried German chamomile flowers (Matricaria recutita)

4 teaspoons fennel seeds

2 1/8 cups vodka, or to cover

Cocktail:

Sprig fresh mint

Fresh dill leaves

Lime slices

Ice

Flat/uncarbonated ginger beer or ginger cordial, or other soft drink of your choice

Directions

  1. For the tincture: Place the angelica in a glass jar with the fresh mint, dried chamomile and fennel seeds. Pour on the vodka to cover all the plant material. Seal the jar and let steep in a cold dark place for 10 to 14 days. 
  2. When ready, strain through muslin, reserving the liquid. This should produce about 1 2/3 cups vodka tincture.
  3. For the cocktail: Making the cocktail couldn't be simpler, just muddle a shot of the angelica tincture (about 1 ounce) 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. 
  4. Drink before meals to aid digestion or after meals if experiencing indigestion. Store the tincture in a bottle in a cool, dark place for at least 1 year. 
  5. Notes: 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. 
  6. 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. 
  7. The content of this program is for entertainment purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice. Always consult a professional healthcare provider before trying any form of therapy or if you have any questions or concerns about a medical condition. The use of natural products can be toxic if misused, and even when suitably used, certain individuals could have adverse reactions.

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