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Welcoming Fall With A Bourbon Laced Vanilla Chai Tea Latte

One sip of this Bourbon Laced Vanilla Chai Tea Latte brings a touch of comfort and warmth to the chilliest of nights.

So – while my buddy Kim was off traveling, she asked some of my favorite peeps and I to bring a bit of boozy fun to Cravings of a Lunatic this week. I wanted to bring something that you can enjoy toasty warm or chill over ice, with a bit of “spirit” or without and my Bourbon Laced Vanilla Chai Latte fit the bill.  I love making Chai from scratch – it’s not as hard as I used to think.  Don’t get me wrong – there are times I have that box of Chai concentrate in the pantry for winter but honestly, if you make it yourself, you can customize the spices to your liking. I tend to like it with a bit of a vanilla and a little less ginger.

So, when you are ready to curl up on the couch to watch the latest episode of Sleepy Hollow (hello – have you SEEN Ichabod Crane?) and The Blacklist, whip up a batch of this vanilla chai.  Added bonus – there is extra for morning that will have you forgetting to stop by the local coffeehouse on the way to the 9to9.  Just heat it up and go – without Bourbon of course.  Now – how bad can that be?

This Bourbon Laced Vanilla Chai Latte is the perfect way to end the day!


Let’s get this boozy party started:


Gather your ingredients

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Double Duty – the Bourbon can lightly smash the spices

Bourbon Laced Vanilla Chai Latte - Bourbon pulls Double Duty |

Adding the water

Bourbon Laced Vanilla Chai Latte - Chai Spices and Water Meld |

Time to steep the tea bags

Bourbon Laced Vanilla Chai Latte - Steeping the Tea |

Adding the milk

Bourbon Laced Vanilla Chai Latte - Adding a bit of Milk |

Straining the spices

Bourbon Laced Vanilla Chai Latte - Straining the Spices |

 One of my favorite steamy beverages to curl up with

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Bourbon Laced Vanilla Chai Tea Latte

This Bourbon Laced Vanilla Chai Latte is a fabulous way to end the evening. Tea is simmered with chai spices and laced with a touch of bourbon and milk. To add a bit of decadence, dollop with freshly whipped cream and a hint of spice and enjoy!

5 minPrep Time

25 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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  • 1 inch piece of ginger, peeled and cut into coins
  • 2 cinnamon sticks, broken
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons of black peppercorns
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 4 cardamom pods
  • 1/8 teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 6 cups of cold water
  • 1 vanilla bean, sliced lengthwise
  • 5 black tea bags
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1/3 cup of packed light brown sugar
  • Bourbon (plan on 1 ounce per person)
  • Whipped cream, cinnamon sticks and nutmeg for garnish


  1. In a plastic bag, add the cinnamon sticks, star anise, black peppercorns, cloves, and cardamom pods. Lightly crush and pour into a medium saucepan.
  2. Add the ginger, water and the seeds of the vanilla bean and the scraped vanilla pod to the saucepan.
  3. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. When the mixture is boiling, reduce to a simmer.
  4. Simmer for 10 minutes or so, partially covered.
  5. Remove the pan from the heat and add the tea bags. Let steep for 5 to 7 minutes.
  6. Remove the tea bags from the mixture.
  7. Add the sugar and the milk, whisking thoroughly over high heat until the mixture is brought to a simmer (DO NOT BOIL).
  8. Pour into mugs and add the bourbon.
  9. Stir with a cinnamon stick, garnish with some whipped cream and a bit of freshly grated nutmeg.
  10. Enjoy!



1789 cal


42 g


359 g


57 g
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Head over to Cravings of a Lunatic and visit! Many thanks to Kim for letting me share one of my favorite toasty beverages!

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