So when I was asked to join in on a “12 Days of Holiday Cocktails with a Tipsy Blogger Circle” you pretty much knew I was going to say yes! I joined up with 5 other bloggers to bring you a lovely selection of the finest holiday drinks ever. And I did a whole heck of a lot of recipe testing (it was reaaaally hard work, just so you know, but my liver and I were perfectly happy to put in the elbow grease necessary) and I am so excited to show you guys my new favorite drink. And I’m not just saying that because I’ve had one for the last 9 nights. Ahem…
4 tsp good quality earl grey loose leaf tea (or 4 teabags)
4 green cardamom pods
4 whole allspice berries
4 whole pink peppercorns
4 whole cloves
1 star anise
1 cinnamon stick
pinch fresh ground nutmeg
1″ piece of ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
1/2 vanilla bean
3 cups water
3 cups almond milk
1/2 cup Buffalo Trace Bourbon
Using a spice grinder, grind together the cardamom, allspice, peppercorns, cloves, and star anise until roughly chopped. They don’t need to be perfectly ground.
Using a sharp knife, slice the vanilla bean in half lengthwise.
In a medium saucepan, combine the chopped spices, tea, cinnamon stick, the vanilla bean, and water.
Heat to a boil and then remove from heat.
Whisk in the almond milk and honey.
Allow to steep for 5 minutes.
Stir in the bourbon and strain out the spices.
Portion into 4 glasses and enjoy!