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Chai Spiced White Russians

December 29, 2018 (Last updated November 28, 2022) · Nicole Triebe

Shake up your holiday cocktail routine with this festive chai spiced white russian!  It’s the perfect excuse to enjoy Kahlua, and it’s a White Russian recipe you’ll be sure to use again all winter.

The only good thing about this cold weather is being able to use delicious spices like CHAI.  Oh my goodness have I missed chai everything.  It tastes like Christmas in a glass! I teamed up with Chicago Vodka and 11th Orchard Bitters to make this unbelievably delicious holiday drink.  These are both amazing Chicago companies.  11th Orchard Bitters uses only hand selected, wild foraged Chicago ingredients in their bitters.  They never use any artificial ingredients or preservatives.  I can’t believe I haven’t been drinking this all along!

Is Chai good for your health?

Chai tea is a fragrant, spicy tea that may help boost heart health, reduce blood sugar levels, aid digestion and help with weight loss. Although most of these health benefits are backed by science, it’s worth noting that they are generally linked to the ingredients used in chai tea rather than chai tea itself.

What spices are in Chai?

If you don’t have chai tea bags, you can easily replicate the flavors with the following spices:

  • 2-inch piece fresh ginger, cut into thin rounds.
  • 2 cinnamon sticks.
  • 2 teaspoons black peppercorns.
  • 10 whole cloves.
  • 6 cardamom pods.
  • 6 cups cold water.
  • 6 bags of black tea (preferably Darjeeling)
  • 2 cups whole milk.

How do you make a good White Russian?

Fill a rocks glass with ice cubes. Add Kahlúa and Absolut Vodka, finish up with a cream layer.
Ok, It’ll never be as pretty as the pictures. BUT, the layering is manageable at home – just pour the cream off the back of a spoon.

What you need:

1 oz kahlua

1 tsp Torani Chai Tea Syrup

1 oz Chicago Vodka

3 dashes of 11th Orchard Seasonal Bitters

How to make the Chai Spiced White Russian

Add the vodka, Torani Chai Tea Syrup and Kahlúa to an Old Fashioned glass filled with ice.  Add bitters and stir.

Garnish with cinnamon and nutmeg.  Enjoy!

If you loved this recipe, be sure to check out my sparkling peppermint holiday cocktails!

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  • Reply Stine Mari November 17, 2017 at 11:04 am

    This sounds good! When you say cold cream, do you mean heavy cream or whipped cream? Thanks for the recipe.

    • Reply Nicole Triebe November 17, 2017 at 11:25 am

      Yes, heavy whipping cream. I’ll make that edit. Thanks!

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