Saturday, September 10, 2011

Vanilla Vodka Chai Tea

Happy (day-after)Friday, folks.  Yesterday’s tsunami rain made it difficult impossible for Tina to get an actual photo of today’s cocktail. Anyhow, it’s good to be back and I apologize for being MIA last week. I was soaking up the last of the summer sun in the Keys for a bachelor party. It’s hard to believe that Fall is right around the corner when it’s still 90 degrees.

I wanted to bring you a little sipper that is inspired by the flavors of Autumn but will still refresh you if your local temperature still think it’s summer vacation. It seems like spiked teas are all the rage and having Southern roots, sweet iced tea is always a staple. You can find pre-mixed tea flavored vodka drinks out there but you all know how I feel about pre-mixed stuff.

I happen to love chai tea. I did a little research and “chai” is a generic word for tea used in eastern countries. Chai tea is simply a spiced tea steeped in water and milk and sweetened. The flavor profile of chai tea is so comforting and the addition of the cream makes it so silky. Sounds good, right? Well, I wanted to take it to the next level so I spiked it with vanilla vodka and amaretto. Mission accomplished. The soft vanilla notes and sweet nutty almond flavor compliment the chai tea perfectly.

I hope you’re a chai tea fan like me because this is how chai tea should be served. Bring on the Fall and those earthy flavors and even if the heat sticks around, you can still serve up this sweet and refreshing sipper.

CHEERS

The Hubs

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Vanilla Vodka Chai Tea

Ingredients:

6 oz. strong Chai Tea (I used 1 tea bag for 6 oz. water)
2 oz. vanilla vodka
¾ oz. amaretto liqueur
½ oz. simple sugar
½ oz. half n half

Directions:

Bring 3 cups of water to a boil and steep 4 tea bags for 2 to 4 minutes (following the tea directions on the box). Allow to cool and refrigerate until time of use (3 cups tea will yield 4 drinks).

In a cocktail shaker or tall glass, combine ingredients and shake or stir generously (shaking will froth up the half n half and help release the infused flavor in the spirits). Fill glass with ice and pour drink over ice. Garnish with a cinnamon stick or two.

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40 Responses to “Vanilla Vodka Chai Tea”

  1. 1

    Mom — September 10, 2011 @ 6:53 pm

    The first place I had Chai Tea was in Casper Wyoming in a sweet little coffee/book shop. I’m sure it wasn’t spiked, but it was delish.

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    Leah @ LoftyBites — September 10, 2011 @ 7:14 pm

    Mmmm I love chai tea… especially iced chai lattes with soy milk. Sounds like a great Fall drink to me! And it looks pretty too!

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    brandi@BranAppetit — September 10, 2011 @ 9:40 pm

    yes, please! i love chai tea, and this sounds so incredible!

    hope you two are having a great weekend :)

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    Julia — September 11, 2011 @ 9:06 am

    Ahhhhhmaaaaazing cocktail idea! Totally making this ASAP, ok, maybe I’ll at least wait until after 12 noon.

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    Molly — September 11, 2011 @ 10:10 am

    Vanilla-vodka-chai tea?! I’m pretty sure that drink entails all my favorite things in life. GREAT post!

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    Sandra — September 11, 2011 @ 10:20 am

    Alrighty then, this is my kind of tea?

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    Sandra — September 11, 2011 @ 10:21 am

    Sorry about that ? It was supposed to be !!!!!!! Love this tea!

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    NAT — September 11, 2011 @ 11:42 am

    OMG amazing!! This looks so good!

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    vivek — September 11, 2011 @ 1:43 pm

    Hi! i’m from India, where tea is grown and chai is consumed morning,noon and night ..thanks for this new version of chai..a small suggestion , try using honey instead of sugar..

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    Sam — September 11, 2011 @ 9:24 pm

    This looks so amazingly good! Alcoholic chai tea? SOLD.

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    Tanya - Three Square Meals — September 12, 2011 @ 11:23 am

    I am in love with chai tea. Throw in a little vodka and amaretto and I am sold! Printing the recipe as we speak. Thanks!

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    rooth — September 12, 2011 @ 12:01 pm

    This is freaking awesome. I love chai tea and the fact that it is spiked is a major bonus!

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    sara — September 12, 2011 @ 1:15 pm

    OMG .. I waaant to tryyy (: ..

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    ErinsFoodFiles — September 12, 2011 @ 1:15 pm

    There’s a chai tea liqueur I keep seeing in the liquor store. I’ve never bought it but have always been intrigued. I bet it would be fab in this drink, subbed for the half & half!

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    Mommyof2Girlz/StephD — September 12, 2011 @ 5:14 pm

    So many of my favorite things all in one glass….awesome!

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    FreeSpiritEater — September 16, 2011 @ 3:09 pm

    Oh yea that’s perfect for a beautiful Friday afternoon like this one! Gorgeous photo too, looks so refreshing. Love it =]

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    Lindsey@Lindselicious — September 16, 2011 @ 3:51 pm

    Yowza! Love love this- the photos are amazing too.

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — September 16, 2011 @ 4:05 pm

    I love chai tea anything!! This drink sounds pretty awesome!

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    kita — September 18, 2011 @ 10:47 pm

    What a cute little drink! Love chai at this time of year!

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    Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl — September 21, 2011 @ 1:37 pm

    This sounds absolutely delicious! I love vodka and chai..the whole mix. YUM! Can’t wait to try it out.

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    Fran {The Flavorful Fork} — September 22, 2011 @ 6:27 pm

    Great idea to make a cocktail using chai! Definitely will need to give this one a try. Maybe more than once. ;)

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    Kerrie — December 1, 2011 @ 8:58 pm

    Has anyone ever tired this one hot? This seems like it would be wonderful for cold winter nights too!

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    renee kristine — December 3, 2011 @ 2:07 am

    amazing! I need to have a Christmas party just for an excuse to make these!

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    Dariela — December 3, 2011 @ 8:16 pm

    It looks delicious! I definitely want to try it. I saw your photo in Pinterest!

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    Ainee Beland — December 10, 2011 @ 10:47 pm

    Hi,

    I am learning to like Chai; I am not a milk person so I cannot truly appreciate Chais, perhaps one day. Thank you for recipe; you make it so very easy to print it. Happy holidays.

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    Fashion-isha — December 10, 2011 @ 11:43 pm

    This looks freaking amazing!! Can’t wait to try it!
    xo
    Sharon

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    Patty — December 11, 2011 @ 2:32 pm

    Also came from Pinterest! You’re probably going to get tons of traffic from that picture — this drink looks Amazing! Trying it Christmas and probably New Years Eve too! :)

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    Darcey — January 10, 2012 @ 6:07 pm

    I can see myself drinking A LOT of these! Thanks!

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    Lauren — February 24, 2012 @ 5:42 pm

    AH-maaazing! Made this and love, love, LOVED it! Thank you so much for sharing!! <3

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    fejoka45 — February 26, 2012 @ 5:56 am

    Hi! What is mean half n half? If anybody speak hungarian, write for me, please! Thanks.

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    rushrocks2112 — August 27, 2012 @ 12:23 pm

    I will be trying this it sounds so good Chai is my FAVORITE

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    mjskit — September 8, 2012 @ 12:00 am

    O.K. – this could definitely be addicting! So good!

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    Carolyn Ditta — September 18, 2012 @ 10:53 pm

    Sooooo good!!!!

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    This sounds good. I love tea.

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