This is not a cocktail in the true sense of the word, but a much needed creation all the same. It is the traditional Indian-style ‘chai’ or tea— served piping hot, sweet and milky, and infused with fragrant spices. In this case, it is spiked with a boozy doze of whiskey. Perfect as a nightcap on a chilly day, or even as a novel innovation for your next tea party, Whisky Chai is comforting and lip-smacking.
The rains bring just the right weather to enjoy a cuppa’, so what are you waiting for? Brew a fresh pot, grab a book and your blanket, and seek solace from the storm outside with this heartwarming concoction.
Mix your own Whisky Chai…
In spice grinder, pulse together two sticks of cinnamon, 20 peppercorns, 16 cloves, and eight cardamom pods, until you have a powder.
In a saucepan, bring one quart of whole milk to a simmer. Remove from the heat. Add the spices, one teaspoon ground ginger, one freshly grated nutmeg, ¼ cup brown sugar and one tablespoon loose black tea. Let stand for 10 minutes. Strain the chai into a bowl. Wipe out the saucepan.
Return the chai to the saucepan and rewarm over moderate heat. Stir in 90ml of rye whisky or bourbon, and serve hot.
Whisky Mac, formerly known as Whisky MacDonald, has its roots in British India where Colonel Hector MacDonald concocted this beverage. In 1899, the colonel proposed a demarcation between China and British India with a border. There was unrest after this demarcation which was followed by a breakout of cholera. Owing to medicinal properties of ginger, ginger wine gained wide popularity.
Whisky cocktails have been created over the decades, with some becoming staples, and some gaining popularity across nations. Just as there are some whisky cocktails, which have been much loved since way before most of us even became of legal drinking age, there are some which are comparatively new, but have managed to become sensations among whisky lovers.