Let it be known that your host at Cocktail Culture is a huge fan of chai. I’ve tried my hand at making a few chai-flavored cocktails, but I suppose I should just leave those things to the experts and stick to the role I’m best at: taste tester!
The goofy and chic sisters at Fashionably Bombed are making a splash with their “12 Days of Christmas Cocktails” series, and day three featured one of my favorite flavor combos ever – chai! Considering that Katherine lived and studied in India for quite some time, I’ll take her recipe to be pretty authentic; add in a bit of booze (vodka, some Irish cream, and Hiram Walker Original Cinn, to be exact)…well, then you have yourself a delicious Christmas treat!
I know the recipe calls for vodka, but I’d be curious as to how this would taste with a brown spirit (I’m thinking bourbon…) in place of the vodka. Would it mask some of the chai flavor? Guess I know what I’m experimenting with this weekend, now… Enough blabbering, here’s the Fashionably Bombed Spiked Christmas Chai:
Spiked Christmas Chai (created by Katherine and Flannery Good)
1 cup water
1 cup whole milk
2 black tea bags
1 teaspoon finely chopped ginger
5 cardamom pods (slightly crushed)
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons vodka
1 tablespoon Bailey’s Irish Cream
2 teaspoons Hiram Walker Original Cinn cinnamon schnapps
In a saucepan combine water, milk, tea bags, ginger, cloves and cardamom pods. Bring to a boil and stir continuously. Turn stove to low and add sugar. Keep stirring for 3-4 minutes until it’s a light brown color. Remove from heat and strain. Stir in vodka, Bailey’s and cinnamon schnapps. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.
Oh, this is gonna keep me nice and toasty through all 12 days of Christmas…