Chai Tea Hot Toddy

Here's a great recipe for Masala Tea, aka "Chai" tea. There are lots of potential health benefits attached to this delicious and soothing milk tea of the world. A quick Google search will provide further information on the potential health benefits of each botanical component. While we are on the subject, let's take it another step and "spirit" it up a bit, shall we? It's Toddy Tea time somewhere in the world right now.

Chai Tea Hot Toddy


2 teaspoons cardamom pods, crushed (about 20 pods)

2 teaspoons whole coriander seeds

1/4 teaspoon whole black peppercorns

11 (3") cinnamon sticks, divided

1 (2") piece ginger, unpeeled, thinly sliced

2 medium oranges

6 tablespoons honey

3 tablespoons whole leaf black tea or 3 bags black tea

9 ounces Grand Traverse Distillery (Traverse City, MI) Barrel Finished Peninsula Gin


Toast cardamom, coriander, peppercorns, and 5 cinnamon sticks in a large pot over medium-high heat until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add ginger and 8 cups of water.

Using a peeler, peel orange zest into long strips about 3" each. Reserve 6 pieces for garnish, then add the remaining zest to the pot.

Bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer 15 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in honey and tea. Let steep 5 minutes.

Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a large bowl or pot. Divide among mugs and top off with Gin. Garnish with reserved orange peels and cinnamon sticks.

Pro Tip: 

Tea mixture can be made 1 week ahead; cover and chill. Add the Gin when you are ready to consume.

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