A hot toddy is hands down one of the best weapons against a cold winter night. Add the warming qualities of chai spices and you have the drink equivalent of a down quilt.
The spices in the chai tea used as a base for this drink are scientifically warming, just adding to the toddy's cold fighting superpowers.
So bring it cold weather! We're ready for you.
Step 1: Supplies
- high quality chai tea
- maple flavored bourbon (I used this delicious one)
- half & half
- hot water
- cinnamon sticks
Step 2: Hot Hot Heat
The following measurements are for 1 mug of toddy.
NOTE: I made this recipe x3 to fill the thermos you'll see in later steps.
Bring water to a boil and pour 8oz into a glass mixing container or right into a serving mug.
Step 3: Spice It Up
Add 1-2* chai tea bags to the water.
*The amount depends on how strong you want the chai flavor.
Step 4: Dance While You Wait
Use the 2 minutes steeping time to practice some new dance moves.
Once the 2 minutes is up, remove the tea bag from the water and either compost it or save it to steep again later.
Step 5: Get Whiskey Wild
Add 2 1/2 oz of a high quality maple flavored bourbon.
NOTE: If you don't have access to maple flavored bourbon, add 2 1/2 oz regular bourbon and along with 1 tsp of pure maple syrup.
Step 6: Creamy Is Dreamy
Add 1 oz of half & half.
Step 7: Stick It
Add a cinnamon stick to garnish and add extra flavor.
If staying indoors: Enjoy your warm beverage by a fire, a loved one, or wrapped in a cozy blanket.
If heading outdoors: Fill a thermos with your warm concoction, grab mugs, and go!
Step 8: Share With Friend!
Fresh air is another great garnish for this drink! As is a good friend.
If you have another hot toddy recipe that helps you through the winter months, please share it in the comments section below.
Happy holidays everyone!