The Chai Hot Toddy

Most of the ingredients for a classic chai spice blend are in your pantry already. Just add tea, cream and brandy for this perfect cold-weather cocktail.
The Chai Hot Toddy / Photo by Meg Baggott, styling by Dylan Garret

Nothing says “warming winter flavors” like the taste of classic chai spices. Cardamom, ginger, cinnamon and cloves meet golden Assam tea and a touch of cream for a latte-like beverage that pairs perfectly with a healthy splash of brandy. For good measure, try preparing this chai hot toddy with one of the new spate of American brandies hitting the market—these bottlings will add a unique dimension to your drink, in addition to being great in a snifter on their own.

  • 3 ounces brandy
  • 4 ounces steeped black tea, preferably Golden Tip Assam Black Tea
  • Chai spices (per serving, 3 crushed cardamom pods or ¼ teaspoon cardamom powder, 1 slice fresh ginger, 1 cinnamon stick, 2 cloves)
  • 1 ounce heavy cream

Combine brandy with hot, steeped tea. Add the chai spices and allow to sit for 2 minutes. Strain the liquid, reserving cinnamon stick for garnish. Add the heavy cream, stir and serve.

Published on December 18, 2017

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