Sister Ray Cocktail

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It’s time to colonize another planet, gang. This one is out of limes. I mean, we built bomb shelters during the Cold War and everything. We started constructing buildings farther inland for when the ocean swells enough. We already said goodbye to our favorite polar bears (just me?) because let’s be real, the party’s over.

But the lime thing? Nobody seems to have any ideas for that one.

Sister Ray Cocktail--chamomile-infused St. George Botanivore gin, small batch tonic, lemon, and Strega.

See, I thought I was going to have to defend the gin + lemon combo here. Turns out I don’t after all–because it would be downright rude to flaunt limes now, even if I had any.

Sister Ray Cocktail--chamomile-infused St. George Botanivore gin, small batch tonic, lemon, and Strega.

Besides, I think chamomile + lemon makes more sense than gin + lemon doesn’t make sense. 

…Aaaaand wow, you’re still here. That’s miraculous. You’re miraculous. Have a drink!

I don’t always have patience for infusions, but this is a simple and relatively quick one. Suspiciously enough, it feels a lot like starting a cup of tea, then forgetting about it–except when THAT happens, you’re just stuck with lukewarm weed water. Here, my friend, you get chamomile! Infused! Gin! Much better, correct?

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Strega is a nice touch, too. Somehow it manages to bump up the gin-ness of the gin as well as the chamomile-ness of the chamomile, without bulldozing over anything along the way. (Also, it’s yellow and all booze is color-coded to make cocktail-mixing easier, right? RIGHT? Just like how everything brown goes in a Long Island Iced Tea?)

Sister Ray Cocktail--chamomile-infused St. George Botanivore gin, small batch tonic, lemon, and Strega.

It’s astounding that I haven’t gotten kicked off the internet yet. I’ll drink to that first, and then to all the limes that could have been. I hope you join me.


Sister Ray Cocktail--chamomile-infused St. George Botanivore gin, small batch tonic, lemon, and Strega.

Sister Ray Cocktail
Serves 1
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Prep Time
2 hr
Prep Time
2 hr
For cocktail
  1. 2 ounces chamomile-infused gin (below)
  2. 3/4 ounces Jack Rudy Small Batch Tonic
  3. 3/4 ounces fresh lemon juice
  4. 1/4 ounce Strega
  5. Club soda
  6. Chamomile or lemon, for garnish
For chamomile-infused gin
  1. 2 ounces gin (I used St. George Botanivore)
  2. 1 bag chamomile tea
  1. To infuse the gin, steep the tea bag in the gin for 2 hours at room temperature. When finished, squeeze bag really well--there's booze in there.
  2. To make cocktail, combine gin, tonic, lemon, and Strega in a mixing glass filled with ice and stir until thoroughly chilled. Strain into chilled, ice-filled Collins-esque (about 10-oz) glass. Top with club soda and garnish as desired.
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19 Responses to Sister Ray Cocktail

  1. Chamomile gin? You just blew my mind. Your pics look amazeballs :)
    Mariana @The Candid Kitchen recently posted…Almond and pear upside down cake with salted caramelMy Profile

  2. I love the flowers!! Where the heck do you buy chamomile flowers?? I must double punctuate everything.. Once again, , you are the cocktail queen..
    Sara {Home is Where the Cookies Are} recently posted…Manchego Chorizo Egg TartMy Profile

  3. This is the prettiest drink of all the drinks!
    Cindy recently posted…Peanut Butter Crumble BrowniesMy Profile

    • Thanks girl! I have to admit I kinda cursed at those little flowers a bit. Why aren’t the stems all equally pliable? Nature is weird.

  4. Co-signed Cindy’s comment, this is one sexy beverage! And can I say, this lime thing came out of nowhere. I was pretty sure it was bananas we needed to worry about (because of that weird banana sickness that’s killing all the trees) but LIMES? I thought they were a sure bet. My guac has NOT been the same lately, I tell you what.
    Elizabeth – SugarHero! recently posted…Where the Wild Things Are Birthday CakeMy Profile

    • Oh man, guacamole is just mushy avocado without limes! Sadness. I have to admit, I’d rather have a banana shortage!

  5. This lime thing is making me super anxious. But I can be down with lemony cocktails! This one looks downright slurpable.
    Joanne recently posted…Eclairs with Caramelized White Chocolate Pastry CreamMy Profile

  6. I don’t even know what we are supposed to do with an apocalypse if we can’t have margaritas. In the meantime, where o’ where did you get that glass? (p.s. this might be the only way to ever drink chamomile from now on).
    Sarah|pickledcapers recently posted…The Honey Bee’s Ball CocktailMy Profile

    • It’s thrifted! Most of mine are–now that I’ve figured out that that’s the way to go, because who NEEDS sets of four glasses? People with friends? Puh-lease.

  7. So so so cute.. this is what I call a PRETTY coctail and I´m in love with the little white daisies you used for your photo styling… Happy weekend friend!! xoxo
    Johlene recently posted…BANOFFEE PIE done my way!My Profile

  8. Lovely- this looks super refreshing! The perfect drink!
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  9. Seriously. I had to buy limes recently and I could not get over the price tag. This drink looks fabulous! I LOVE the chamomile infused gin. Gorgeous photos too!

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  11. Such a beautiful drink! I’m in love.

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