Dirty Chai Toddy | Jan 2017

Dirty Chai Hot Toddy  | Jan 2017

Serves 2, because long winter nights need a partner in crime.

Chai:
8 oz coconut milk (or half and half if you’re feeling over your New Year’s resolution)
4 oz water
1 cinnamon stick
2 cardamom pods, crushed
5-6 pink peppercorns
1 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and flattened
2 tbsp sugar
2 sachets of whole leaf black tea or 2 tbsp of loose leave black tea

Dirty Toddy:
2 oz espresso (or strongly brewed coffee)
2 oz good quality bourbon

Combine coconut milk (or half and half), water, spices, and sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Add black tea sachets and let steep for 5 minutes (longer if you really want that caffeine kick to the face). Remove tea sachets and strain out spices. Split the chai between two pre-warmed mugs and add one ounce of espresso and one ounce of bourbon to each. Put on your coziest pair of socks and enjoy immediately.

Photo and recipe inspiration courtesy of Food 52.

Check out last month’s cocktail – the sauerkraut martini