Once a humble Indian drink, made by boiling water, milk, and spices, Chai tea has now become a worldwide sensation. Every coffee shop on the planet offers chai lattes. You’ll even see chai as an ice cream or cookie flavor.
Its spicy and aromatic ingredients encompass countless mixtures, but the foundational ingredients are black tea, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove.
Since chai is a versatile beverage, it follows that mixologists have incorporated it into some delicious cocktails. Read on to discover my list of chai cocktails to try at home.
Spiced Chai Latte Martini
A chai latte is delicious on its own and nearly as popular as its espresso counterpart. This Spiced Chai Latte Martini spikes a creamy and milky chai latte with vodka. Vodka is a neutral spirit, its flavor undetected when shaken with homemade black tea and chai spice mix.
This recipe calls for vanilla vodka and full-fat milk and is easily multiplied if you’re serving it to a larger party.
Dirty Chai White Russian
A White Russian is a decadent, rich vodka drink combining Kahlua and heavy cream. A Dirty Chai involves spiking chai tea with a shot of espresso or coffee. Thus, a Dirty Chai White Russian mixes and matches the two recipes.
In addition to Kahlua, you’ll add homemade chai syrup that has both coffee and chai tea bags. This is a delicious, creamy, and comforting cocktail for those cold winter months.
Spiced Chai Old Fashioned
A spicy and comforting twist on a classic cocktail, the Spiced Chai Old Fashioned substitutes orange bitters for homemade chai simple syrup. Once the chai syrup is made, you simply combine it with a shot of bourbon, and voila, you have the Spiced Chai Old Fashioned!
The simple syrup makes around three to four cocktails and keeps in the fridge for up to a week.
Bourbon Chai Milk Punch
This rich bourbon cocktail calls for Chai bourbon. I had no idea such a flavor existed, so if you don’t have any on hand, you can use chai syrup from the dirty chai white Russian recipe instead of the simple syrup.
The heavy cream balances out the heat from the bourbon and the sweetness from the maple.
Chai Tea Spritzer
This delicious recipe is meant for the whole family by compartmentalizing the ingredients. You make a spiced chai sugar, add it to freshly brewed black tea, then add ginger ale for a pitcher’s worth of carbonated sweet chai.
That’s where the recipe stops for kid-friendly spritzers. If you want an adult Chai Tea Spritzer, add a shot or two of bourbon for a refreshing cocktail that leaves in the warmth.
Chai Whisky Sour
Sours are my personal favorite cocktails due to the frothy egg-white top. The Chai Whisky Sour is a labor of love but worth the effort. You create a chai-infused whisky using black tea, whole fresh spices, and ginger.
The combination of a smoky and spicy chai-infused whisky with tangy and sweet citrus juice makes for a sophisticated and impressive cocktail.
Chai Espresso Martini
Get ready to be caffeinated and inebriated all at once with this double shot of caffeine and alcohol. Chai Espresso Martinis have espresso and chai syrup, along with vodka and Kahlua. I especially like the addition of canned coconut milk to add a creamy texture and neutralize the intensity of coffee and chai spice.
Chai Tea Fizz
Chai Tea Fizz is a carbonated chai-infused gin cocktail. Gin has a unique botanical flavor that works well with the aromatic spices in chai. It’s a single-cup recipe that’s easy to throw together in a cocktail shaker.
The Chai Tea Fizz combines floral gin, spicy chai, tangy citrus, and a frothy egg white, topping it all off with fizzy soda water. Is there any flavor or texture this drink doesn’t encompass?
Chai Ginger Bourbon Cocktail
This Chai Ginger Bourbon Cocktail combines chai-infused bourbon with orange bitters, citrus, and sugar, then tops it all off with fizzy ginger beer.
Ginger is a key ingredient in chai, so ginger beer revives the spices in a chai that were lost to the bourbon infusion. Orange bitters and bourbon are a well-known match made in heaven, so this cocktail is a novel twist on familiar flavors.
If you’re looking for a showstopping cocktail to wow guests at your next dinner party, my list of chai cocktails packs an impressive array of recipes.
I’d love to hear which chai drink you liked best in the comments below.
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