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 Syrup 



  • 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 😉

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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 🙂

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