Oh, how I love to play with my food. Technically, in this case, it's my drink, but we won't worry about semantics for this post. What we will do is take a look at the incredible way that something as innocent as our Emperor's Chai Tea and our Cardamom Sugar can be transformed into an amazing cocktail that people will be talking about for a long time to come.
It's not that I haven't delved into infused spirits in the past; it's just that when I was adding herbs and flowers to vodka in the past, it was to make homemade perfumes or herbal tinctures for clients, not cocktails. Things change as you grow older and wiser (and open a spice and tea shop). Now, I love playing with different infusions using our products to see what fun things I can discover. Here is my most recent love affair:
Old Fashioned Chai Whiskey
- 1 750ml bottle of bourbon/whiskey (I used Weller's 12 Year Bourbon)
- 2 Tbsp The Spice & Tea Exchange™ Emperor's Chai Tea
- I used a mason jar to craft my infusion, but you can always enjoy a glass of bourbon and add the 2 Tbsp of tea straight to the bottle.
- Let bourbon/whiskey and tea steep for 24 hours. You are going to want to smell it and taste it after 24 hours because our Emperor's Chai tea is stout stuff and it will absorb into the alcohol quickly. If you are happy with the flavor, you are ready to strain. If not, check each day until you get the strength you desire. Just a note, it will become more cinnamon and spice while getting darker and darker with each day. Personally, I was happy on the second day.
- Strain the whiskey through a fine sieve or several layers of cheesecloth into a clean container. Pour into a decanter or clean bottle for storage.
- Because this is alcohol, you do not need to refrigerate. If it makes you happier to do so, then go for it.
- 1 Tbsp The Spice & Tea Exchange™ Cardamom Sugar
- 1.5 oz Chai infused bourbon
- 2-4 dashes aromatic bitters
- 1 slice fresh cut orange
- Splash of water or club soda
- Add sugar to highball/whiskey glass
- Pour bourbon over sugar and stir to dissolve sugar
- Add bitters, orange slice, splash of water and ice, then stir to combine