I’m not too sure if there’s anything better than booze meeting a chai latte.
Ran into a buddy of mine the other day at a small beer and coffee shop. He asked the server for a dirty chai latte with a shot of whiskey in it. I said, “make that two.” Probably one of the best drinks I’ve had. Super simple to make, and definitely a crowd pleaser.
Starting off with the masala chai tea, there are multiple ways to make it. Each method truly depends on your taste preference, and how much work you’re looking to put in to it. You can choose to buy all the spices and make it from scratch. You can buy a box of chai tea bags (like I did). Or you can make a masala chai syrup.
Personally I’m a fan of making things from scratch, but for this particular recipe I like using a tea bag mainly for the convenience. This is the type of drink you’d make for you and your guests, so convenience in this regard is everything. If you have the necessary spices to make your masala chai from scratch, then by all means do it. However, driving around the city searching for various spices isn’t necessarily my cup of tea (pun intended).
This Irish Chai Latte recipe calls for milk, which a lot of people have their own preference for (whole, skim, soy, coconut, almond, etc.). I use 2% milk, but you’re free to use your preference. Just know different types of milk froth at different levels based on fat content.
All in all, this recipe is killer! It’s warm. It’s tasty. It has whiskey in it. I’m not really sure what else you could ask for!
- 1 chai tea bag
- 1/2 cup of water
- 3/4 cup of milk (I used 2%)
- 1/2 oz simple syrup
- 1.5 oz Irish whiskey (can also use bourbon)
- 1 espresso shot (optional)
- Garnish: ground cinnamon
- In a medium sauce pan, bring 1/2 cup of water to a light boil. Pour hot water into a mug and let the chai tea bag steep for 5 minutes.
- While the tea steeps, grab the medium sauce pan again and pour in the milk. Warm on low-medium heat until you see little bubbles starting to form on the sides (be sure you don’t bring the milk to a complete boil). Using a whisk, whip the milk for 30-60 seconds until you see it beginning to froth. Alternatively, you can pour the heated milk into a mason jar and shake vigorously until frothy (don’t burn yourself!).
- Remove the tea bag from the mug, and pour the shot of whiskey and simple syrup. Top with the frothed milk, and lightly stir. Sprinkle cinnamon on top for garnish.
- If you want an extra boost, make it a dirty Irish chai with a shot of espresso. Cheers!