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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Hot Tea-Toddy--- Hot "My-Chai" and more....

'Tis the season for gathering, celebrating, eating and drinking.  Tea, that versatile, cooperative, beverage is easily incorporated into a myriad of cocktail  drinks.  This time of year, I am especially fond of hot drinks.  An old favorite...the Hot Toddy made with tea is warm and toasty.  Most black and green teas mix well with honey and lemon, and experimenting with a Toddie recipe can elicit a whole repertoire of hot tea mixed drinks.

In this blog, I've included  a recipe for  a Hot Tea-Toddy, a Hot "My-Chai" tea, and a White Russian also using chai tea.  My daughter introduced me to a simple way to use tea in mixed drinks with Tea-Forte's  collection of cocktail infusions.

We wish you a beautiful, happy and very Merry Christmas !



Hot Tea-Toddy


1 ounce brandy, whiskey, or rum
1 tablespoon honey
¼ lemon
1 cup hot water
1 ounce tea or 1 tea bag (black or green--your preference)

Steep the tea in the hot water for 3-5 minutes. (Depending on the tea and your preference..the longer the steep, the stronger the tea.

Use the honey to coat the bottom of a mug. Add the brandy, whiskey or rum and the juice from the lemon.

Pour the hot tea into the prepared mug, stir and enjoy !

Hot "My-Chai"


1 ounce or tea bag Chai tea
8 ounces hot water
3 ounces milk
1 ounce bourbon
¼ ounce amaretto (almond-flavored liqueur)
¼ ounce Grand Marnier (orange-flavored liqueur)
1 wedge lemon
3 whole cloves

Brew the 1 ounce of loose chai tea (placed in an infuser) or the 1 chai tea bag in 8 ounces of hot water for 3-5 minutes, depending on your preference. The longer the steep (brew) the stronger the tea.
While the tea is steeping, put the cloves into one end of the lemon wedge & set aside.
In a saucepan, combine the tea, milk and simmer, stirring gently.

Pour the tea/milk mixture into a tea (or coffee) mug. Add bourbon, amaretto & Grand Marnier. Stir briefly.

Add the lemon wedge, with the cloves dipping into the hot "My-Chai".  Enjoy !

Chai White Russian


1 ounce or tea bag Chai tea
2 ounces rum
2 ounces light cream or half & half
1 ounce sugar syrup

Place Chai tea bag or tea infuser with 1 ounce of Chai tea in a glass. Pour rum over tea infuser or tea bag and steep for 3-5 minutes, depending on your preference. The longer the steep the stronger the tea. Add cream and sugar syrup and gently stir. Add ice.  Enjoy !

Tea Forte Exotic Cocktails

tea_forte_front_of_box These are very pretty drinks and easily made.  We've sampled several and can

recommend them with confidence !


Again, Happy, Merry Christmas !  May you be blessed and may everyday be your cup of tea !



1 comment:

  1. The white russian sounds yum! Thanks for sharing and the great pics. :O)