MAPLE CHAI TEA OLD FASHIONED

Now that Fall has finally arrived, it’s time to get to the cozy side of life. I’ve got the recipe to start us off right. What better to start a season off with than a maple chai tea old fashioned?

Halloween is right around the corner, then it will be Thanksgiving before we know it. You’re going to need this recipe to get things flowing into the right direction. You’ll only need a few ingredients.

To add the chai tea flavor, we’ll need to make chai tea syrup. It’s simple syrup made with chai tea. To make it, use a medium saucepan bring spring water to a boil then remove the sauce pan from the burner. Steep four tablespoons of loose leaf tea in the saucepan for 5 minutes. Discard the tea ball then add the maple syrup and the brown sugar. While stirring, simmer on medium heat until the sugar has fully dissolved. Once the sugar has dissolved, allow the syrup to cool to room temperature then pour it into a jar and allow it to chill in the refrigerator. Reserve two tablespoons for this recipe.

MAPLE CHAI TEA OLD FASHIONED RECIPE

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of spring water
  • 4 tablespoons of loose leaf chai tea (approximately 4 tea bags)
  • 1/2 cup of maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of bourbon
  • 2 tablespoons of chai tea syrup (see #1 in the directions below)
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 2 dashes of orange bitters
  • 1 ice cube
  • Brown sugar for rim (optional)

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan boil the spring water. Remove the pot from the burner and steep the tea in a tea ball for 5 minutes. Remove the tea ball.
  2. Add the maple syrup and brown sugar to the saucepan. Bring to a medium simmer, stirring constantly. Simmer until the sugar has dissolved. Remove the saucepan from the burner and allow it to cool to room temperature. Chill the chai tea syrup in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  3. In a shaker, combine the bourbon, chai tea syrup, lemon juice and orange bitters. Shake until mixed.
  4. Rim a small glass, add the ice cube and pour in the shaken cocktail.
  5. Enjoy!

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