Tea-Ki Polski

Recipe by Lance Bowman


  • 2 oz. Wódka Vodka
  • .5 oz. Taylor’s Velvet Falernum
  • .75 oz. Lime Juice
  • .5 oz. Chamomile Syrup
  • 2 dashes Bittermen’s Elemakule Tiki Bitters

Preparation: Chill a cocktail coupe, combine all ingredients in a shaker tin, shake, double strain into chilled coupe. Garnish with thin sliced folded lime wheel.

Chamomile Syrup

In 36 oz. of hot water steep .75 oz. (approximately 12 standard tea bags) of chamomile tea f, remove tea and add 32 oz. by volume of sugar, stir to dissolve, strain bottle, label and date

Garnish: Thin sliced folded lime wheel

Glassware: Cocktail Coupe

Cocktail Inspiration:

There’s a trifecta of inspiration for this cocktail, my love of tea, my love of tiki cocktails and my boundless love for everything punny. My love of tea started at a young age, every time I would walk in to my grandmothers house we would be greeted with the best hugs known to humankind, then she would immediately say “Let me make you some tea.” As kids she wasn’t trying to caffeinate she would almost always make us a cup of sweet chamomile tea. It’s my first memory of what I see as the basis of hospitality, and of course, chamomile is a delicious and easy to use cocktail ingredient, plus it brings back happy family memories for me. It plays beautifully with lighter spirits like Wodka, and citrus & spice make it truly shine. My love of tiki also runs deep, as it should. It’s the least pretentious form of craft cocktail, it’s fun, and it engages the people sitting at the bar. Vodka tiki may not be common, or even endorsed by most, but it makes for a stellar tiki styled twisted around hard riff on a daiquiri. That also gave me the inspiration to use Falernum and tiki bitters to add some velvety richness and sensuous island spice. Finally puns. Every bartender loves a good pun, so tea-ki was a natural choice for the name of a tea tiki cocktail. Plus the name is fun to say, just say it now “Tea-Ki Polski!” Not to mention it’s gives a nod to the Polish home of the honest vodka that is Wodka. Extra benefits, it’s almost as good as grandma’s hugs were.