Bourbon Chai Tea

It's easy to make your own chai blend.

It’s finally cold outside, and this easy bourbon chai tea is the perfect cozy sip for celebrating with friends and family around a fire. I love that this drink feels sophisticated: You’re making chai tea from scratch, so you can feel proud of yourself, and no one needs to know how simple the recipe really is. This fun and festive drink is ideal for serving at holiday parties or just on a chilly winter night at home.

Bourbon Chai Tea

Serves | |

  • 3 cups hot water
  • 4 black tea bags
  • 4 green cardamom pods, crushed
  • 4 whole allspice berries, crushed
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 star anise
  • 2 whole cinnamon sticks
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups vanilla almond milk
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ cup bourbon

| Preparation | In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine water, tea bags, spices, ginger and vanilla. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Stir in almond milk and honey, whisking to combine. Remove from heat and steep, 10 minutes.

Strain chai through a fine-mesh sieve and discard solids. Pour into a heat-proof serving pitcher and stir in bourbon. Serve warm.

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Becky Hardin is the recipe developer, photographer and owner of thecookierookie.com. Her work has been featured on The Huffington Post, The New York Times, Better Homes and Gardens, Redbook and Family Circle.

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