Bourbon Chai

Adapted from Saveur.

Bourbon Chai


  • Serves 4
  • 4 tsp Chai Spice black tea
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped, keep seeds and pod
  • 3 cups hot water
  • 3 cups whole milk or unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 cup honey or agave
  • 1/2 cup spice-forward bourbon, like Maker’s Mark
  • Cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger (opt.)


Combine the tea leaves and vanilla bean seeds and pod, and any additional spices with 3 cups hot water. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat and add milk and honey or agave, whisking to combine. Return to a simmer, remove from heat, and allow to steep 10-15 minutes. Strain, pressing down on solids to extract flavors.

Transfer the chai to a heat-proof pitcher and stir in bourbon.

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