Angelica and Mint Cocktail for Indigestion

  • Recipe courtesy of James Wong
  • Show: Grow Your Own Drugs
  • Episode: Garden Herbs

Total Time:
240 hr 10 min
10 min
Inactive Prep:
240 hr


  • 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
    • Sprig fresh mint
    • Fresh dill leaves
    • Lime slices
    • Ice
    • Flat/uncarbonated ginger beer or ginger cordial, or other soft drink of your choice


    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.

    When ready, strain through muslin, reserving the liquid. This should produce about 1 2/3 cups vodka tincture.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

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