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.
Scouring for additions to your menu of novel cocktails this new year? Those that demonstrate your exemplary skills of being a cocktail maven, and will surely impress your guests? How about Scotch with beetroot juice?
You’ve watched long leaves unfurl and elegantly swirl in a steaming cup of golden fluid. You’ve taken a long sip, and marveled at the heady aroma of a first flush. Dainty patterns of blue flowers on smooth white porcelain, you’ve lovingly laid your tea-set for a lazy evening soiree. But have you ever wondered about the first time a cup of tea brewed?