One thing you can do to switch up classic cocktails is to change out the syrups you use. This can allow for a lot of creativity and can also help turn one of your favorite go-to beverages into a festive treat.
For this cocktail, I decided to make a syrup out of some chai tea that I had laying around, since chai is one of those really great seasonal flavors. It turned out to be so good that I had to make a cocktail from it.
And, if you love tea but don’t necessarily love chai, there are so many other options for tea cocktails. You can choose a more classic tea to make a syrup or select one with a holiday or seasonal twist. I also use brewed tea in cocktails to add flavor as well as lengthen cocktails.
So, take a shot at making this seasonal riff on an Old Fashioned — you may never go back to the original again.
Chai Rum Old Fashioned
2 ounces of Aged Rum
¼ ounce of Chai Simple Syrup (*recipe below)
3 dashes Angostura Aromatic Bitters
Add all ingredients to a mixing glass
Add ice then stir
Strain over a clear ice cube
Garnish with cinnamon stick
Makes 1 cocktail
Chai Tea Syrup
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup brewed chai tea
Add all ingredients to saucepan
Simmer over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved