Chai tea hot toddy is a warm, spiced drink made with chai tea, alcohol, honey, and spice. This warm and comforting drink is perfect for enjoying on a cold winter night.
A hot toddy is a classic cocktail traditionally made with a combination of whiskey, hot water, honey or sugar, and lemon. A tea hot toddy is a variation of the traditional hot toddy that incorporates chai tea and warming spices into the recipe. It combines the comforting and aromatic qualities of black tea and chai spices with the warmth of a traditional hot toddy.
Why you will love this recipe?
- The combination of chai and warm spices creates a flavorful and aromatic warm drink. The chai spices add complexity and a comforting quality to the drink.
- This hot toddy tea recipe is straightforward and very easy to make. With hot brewed chai tea and a few additional ingredients, you can quickly create a chai tea hot toddy in no time.
Whiskey variation: Use bourbon, rye, or Irish whiskey in this basic recipe to create variations of chai hot toddies. You can also use dark rum or spiced rum to make this classic hot cocktail.
Pumpkin Spice: Instead of using chai concentrate, use a black tea bag and pumpkin spice. Sweeten the chai hot toddy cocktail with maple syrup. This variation adds a seasonal touch and extra flavor to the classic recipe.
Apple cider toddy: Use warm apple cider instead of chai concentrate for a cozy and flavorful alternative.
Food pairing with chai hot toddy
Baked goodies: This warm cocktail pairs well with a range of baked goods, such as spiced cookies or biscuits, like gingerbread cookies, chai-spiced cookies, or cardamon cookies. Flaky pastries, like Nutella croissants, cinnamon rolls, or palmiers, are also great pairings.
Nuts and dried fruits: The nutty and fruity flavors can complement the chai spices in this chai hot toddy. A selection of mixed nuts, such as almonds, cashews, or pecans, and dried fruits like figs, dates, or apricots are great options.
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Chai Tea Hot Toddy
- ½ cup chai concentrate (warm or room temperature)
- 1 oz whiskey
- ½ teaspoon honey
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- ½ cup hot water
- In a mug or glass, combine chai concentrate, whiskey, honey, and fresh lemon juice. Stir them well.
- Slowly pour hot water to fill the glass. Give it a quick stir.
- Garnish with star anise, cinnamon stick, or lemon slice. Serve immediately.