Holiday Cocktail: Hot Vanilla Chai Tea Whiskey Latte

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Over the years, I have always wanted one thing when I am around a campfire, and that is something warm and comforting to keep you warm on the inside as the fire heats you on the outside. I’ve always made myself a nice cup of tea or hot chocolate and then curled up in a chair by the campfire and spent time with family and friends. But as I got older and grew an affinity for great tasting cocktails, I started to want a warm drink that would give me more of the warm and fuzzies – if you get what I’m saying. This season, I decided to make a drink to fill the void that I always had when it came to hot cocktails. So I combined the great flavors of vanilla, whiskey, and spiced chai to create the Hot Vanilla Chai Tea Whiskey Latte. 

When it comes to holiday cocktails that you may want to make for any holiday occasion, there are quite a few fun ones that can be on the sweeter and cooler side such as a S’mores holiday cocktail, but this whiskey based cocktail is one that has become a seasonal favorite – especially here in the northeast where it gets cold and frigid very quickly and all we ever want to do is stay inside and keep warm.

I love making cocktails all year around, but I especially love making holiday cocktails because I get to serve them at the holiday parties and get to create fun festive cocktails that fits everyone’s preferences.

As I have been whipping up cocktails at home and creating holiday drinks for the Christmas, I realized that though flavorful, the Cranberry Moscato isn’t going to cut it when it comes to enjoying time outdoors around the campfire. Many of us want something warm and comforting and sometimes hot chocolate and plain tea, though warm, just isn’t the adult beverage that we want.

When serving this Hot Vanilla Chai Tea Whiskey Latte as your holiday cocktail, I highly recommend serving it as an after dinner or evening drink. Think of it as serving coffee after dinner. The latte element of it is not super heavy but it is a drink that will finish off the night and leave you feeling ready to snuggle up and relax. If you’re serving this as a holiday cocktail by the fire for a nice night out under the stars, then I suggest serving it alone or with a few Christmas cookies to balance the spice of the whiskey.

This cocktail has become one of my husband’s favorite cold-weather cocktails. So much that he even has it as a dessert cocktail when we are at home nowhere near a campfire. The drink has a little kick to it, but it’s a friendly kick that you’re bound to enjoy.

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Hot Vanilla Chai Tea Whiskey Latte


  • Author: Iesha Vincent
  • Total Time: 2 minutes

Description

Looking for a hot cocktail to sip by the campfire? This is the exact drink you need. While the kick of the spiced chai tea ignites your tastebuds, the sweetness and smoothness of the vanilla whiskey makes you feel like this the cocktail that will end the night on a great note.


Ingredients

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  • 2 teabags of Spiced Chai tea
  • 1 1/4 Crown Royal Vanilla Whiskey
  • Heavy Cream
  • 1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Cinnamon Stick (to garnish)

Instructions

  1. Brew 2 teabags of Spiced Chai tea in 1 1/2 cups of water. Let seep for at least three minutes.
  2. Pour 3/4 of the tea into a glass.
  3. Add whiskey.
  4. Add vanilla extract. Stir together ingredients.
  5. Top off glass with heavy cream.
  6. Add a dash of cinnamon on top.
  7. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and enjoy!

Note: The amount of tea brewed is meant to make two cocktails. You will want to start over from step two to make the second drink. 

  • Cook Time: 2 minutes
  • Category: Cocktail

Keywords: chai tea, vanilla, whiskey, holiday cocktail, holiday

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