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Dirty Chai Bourbon Latte

Warm milk steeped in chai spices, smooth bourbon, and rich espresso makes a boozy blend of pure cozy and comfort. This dirty chai latte bourbon is your perfect fall and winter cocktail to warm the party up or wind down next to a crackling fire. 

Call it a cocktail, spike tea, or coffee. Whatever you want to call it, words cannot espresso how delicious and satisfying this bourbon dirty chai latte is. Hee hee, I couldn’t resist.

There is just something about bourbon-sophisticated and timeless. It’s the only liqueur I enjoy, and I’m a little embarrassed to say how much I like to use it in drinks, baking, and cooking!

And with the cooler weather and holidays fast approaching, this warm and comforting libation is the perfect sipper and soother!

Ingredient Notes And Substitutions

Ingredients for dirty chai bourbon latte

Bourbon ~ I use Woodford Reserve (my fave- and it’s smooooth); any brand will do, as long as you like to drink it.

Milk ~ Lots of options here! Whole milk, half and half, or nut milk. Cashew milk, or coconut milk, is a great choice for nut milk because of its richness and creaminess. Or try a combination of different kinds of milk!

Chai tea ~ I used Trader Joe’s brand; it’s decaf and very flavorful. Use one that you love, or loose tea is always a great choice.

Espresso ~ This is what makes it “dirty” and is optional. Freshly brewed, or there are some great brands that are excellent, such as Medaglia Doro decaffeinated.

Brown sugar ~ To sweeten the chai milk. Substitute honey, maple syrup, or a sugar alternative

Cinnamon stick, star anise, ginger root ~ Optional. If you like extra chai spice and flavor, you’ll want to add them to the chai milk as it steeps.

Saucepan with chai steeped milk

Sit Sip & Be Happy!

Enjoy this dirty chai bourbon latte any time of the day: Breakfast (no judging here – lol), brunch, or afternoon!
Or as a welcoming treat to get the party started, or serve as an after-dinner drink. Or cozied up on the couch binge-watching your favorite show in your pj’s as a nightcap.

You can dress it up for guests by adding foamed milk, whipped cream, sprinkles, and one of those cute spiral cookies or cinnamon sticks. – dessert in a mug! My fave is a nightcap; however, I use decaf coffee and tea.

Cheers! Let’s Make A Dirty Chai Bourbon Latte

  1. Start by steeping the milk with the chai tea. Add 4 to 5 tea bags and brown sugar to the milk. Add the ginger, cinnamon sticks, and star anise if you want an extra chai kick.
  2. Heat on low until you see tiny milk bubbles around the pan’s edge. Remove from heat and let it hang out. The longer it steeps, the more flavor! Don’t let it boil, or it will form a “skin.” if this happens, give it a whisk.
  3. Strain the milk and set aside until ready to use. Ir store in an air-tight container or jar in the fridge to use later. Add the bourbon espresso, followed by the hot chai milk. Top with whipped cream or additional cinnamon stick and star anise.
Two dirty chai bourbon latte's with cinnamon stick and star anise
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Dirty Chai Bourbon Latte


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  • Author: Teri Wallingford
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x

Description

Warm milk steeped in chai spices, smooth bourbon, and rich espresso makes a boozy blend of pure cozy and comfort. This dirty chai latte bourbon is your perfect fall and winter cocktail to warm the party up or wind down next to a crackling fire


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 2 cups milk. Or any nut milk
  • 45 Chai tea bags or loose tea.
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 inch piece of fresh ginger peeled and cut in half. Optional
  • 2 star anise. Optional
  • 1 cinnamon stick. Optional
  • Garnishes- whipped cream, spiral cookies, sprinkles, cinnamon sticks.


Instructions

For the chai milk

  1. Start by steeping the milk with the chai tea. Add 4 to 5 tea bags (or loose chai tea)and the brown sugar to the milk. 
  2. Add the ginger, cinnamon sticks, and star anise if you want an extra chai flavor.
  3. Heat on low until you see tiny milk bubbles around the pan’s edge. Remove from heat and let it hang out. The longer it steeps, the more flavor! Don’t let it boil, or it will form a “skin.” if this happens, give it a whisk.
  4. Strain the milk and set aside until ready to use. Ir store in an air-tight container or jar in the fridge to use later.

Make your drink!

  1. Add the bourbon, espresso, and 1 cup of chai milk to your favorite mug. Top with whipped cream and sprinkles, or add a cinnamon stick and star anise.
  2. CHEERS!
  • Category: Cocktail
  • Method: Mixed
  • Cuisine: American

2 Comments

  1. Love this chai latte.

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