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Fall Entertaining: Warm Burbon Chai

Last updated 5 years ago

The rich, spicy warmth of chai with notes of clove, vanilla, and caramel of burbon makes this the prefect drink to warm up with during a chilly gathering. 
serves 8
What you'll need
  • 8 bags black tea, paper and string removed
  • 8 green cardamom pods, crushed
  • 8 whole allspice berries, crushed
  • 8 whole black peppercorns, crushed
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 3 star anise
  • 2 whole cinnamon sticks
  • ½ whole nutmeg, chopped
  • 2" piece of fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped, seeds and pod reserved
  • 6 cups hot water
  • 6 cups of milk (or unsweetened almond milk)
  • ? cup honey or agave
  • 1 cup spice-forward bourbon, like Maker's Mark
What you'll need to do
  • In a 4-quart saucepan, combine tea, spices, ginger, and vanilla bean seeds and pod with 6 cups hot water.
  • Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat and add almond milk and honey or agave, whisking to combine.
  • Return to a simmer, remove from heat, and allow to steep 10-15 minutes.
  • Strain through a fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth-lined strainer, pressing down on solids to extract flavors.
  •  Transfer the chai to a heat-proof serving vessel (like an earthenware pitcher) and stir in bourbon. Alternately, ladle chai into 8 individual mugs and portion 1 oz. bourbon into each.


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