Bourbon Chai

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…

Bourbon Chai - Perfect drink for a cold night!
Chai teas are one of my favorite warm drinks (in third place after coffee and Earl Grey tea). In the summer I like it cold with a shot of espresso, but I thought since its cold and gross out I would replace the espresso with a shot of something else, instead! My husband has been on a bit of a bourbon kick lately, and so it just seemed the logical choice. Plus that nice warm feeling you get with a shot of whiskey really compliments a nice warm drink, don’t you think? The key to this drink is to use a good quality bourbon with a rich and smooth finish. If you use a spice-forward brand I think it really overpowers the chai flavors of the tea.
Bourbon Chai - Combines perfect chai tea with a mellow whiskey for a perfect winter cocktail
Sure, you could use a chai flavored tea bag, but I love using fresh whole spices – it really causes the flavors of the spices to be pure and vibrant. I also decided to be a rebel and forgo the typical ceylon or assam tea and instead replaced it with my beloved earl grey tea. I think Earl Grey works beautifully here as the bergamot in the tea pairs gorgeously with the spices added.
Bourbon Chai - The Gingered Whisk

Bourbon Chai

  • Author: Jenni
  • Prep Time: 2 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 Minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings
  • Category: Beverage
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


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

3TBSP honey

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!


Looking for other great drinks to try? Try these out!

Blood Orange Bourbon Smash with Spicy Vanilla Sugar


Pumpkin Spice Latte SyrupĀ 



  • Reply
    Being Beth
    December 19, 2015 at 6:17 PM

    Yum! It is finally cold here in NJ and this would be perfect for right now as I can't feel my fingers.

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    Shantel Collins
    December 19, 2015 at 11:39 PM

    I'm definitely going to try this out! I've really gotten into drinking tea this year!

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    Tricia K
    December 22, 2015 at 12:41 PM

    Sounds delicious. I'm a fan of both chai and bourbon.

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    Hilda Rodgers
    December 29, 2015 at 7:43 PM

    That sounds like a lovely way to warm up in yucky cold weather! And LOL on how much work it was to test out all the recipes… I'd be happy to do that too šŸ˜‰

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    Jill Morgenstern
    December 29, 2015 at 9:51 PM

    That sounds yummy! I've never tried chai tea. I don't like regular black tea and I'm always wondering what else to drink that's nice and warm besides coffee.

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    Bohemian Babushka
    December 30, 2015 at 6:04 PM

    BB will keep the espresso-AND this recipe. Gracias.

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    January 2, 2016 at 9:44 PM

    Sounds delicious! I love Chai tea and I love bourbon. Sounds like a good combination to me! By the way, what recipe widget are you using on your blog?

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    Laurie - Country Link
    January 8, 2016 at 7:46 PM

    Always nice to have a warm drink on a cold and rainy day and I bet this one is just perfect! Thanks for joining the January Country Fair Blog Party!

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    January 20, 2016 at 3:01 PM

    Heck yes – spiked chai is such a great winter drink. All of those complex spices really pair well with bourbon šŸ™‚

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