This vanilla chai old fashioned is a twist on a traditional old fashioned, using the flavors of chai and sweetened with orange syrup. I used pukka vanilla chai tea to flavor the bourbon for this. This is super easy to do. Just throw a few tea bags into some bourbon and let it sit for a few hours 🙂
I used orange syrup I had from making candied orange peel in this, but you could use regular simple syrup instead if you don’t want to make that. A bit of lemon juice gives a nice complimentary citrus note to the drink. I also added a star anise pod to my bourbon while it was steeping for a little extra flavor.
Vanilla Chai Old Fashioned
- 2 oz bourbon
- 1 chai tea bags
- 1 dash orange bitters
- 2-4 tbsp orange syrup to taste
- 1 oz lemon juice
- Place the tea bag into the bourbon and allow to steep for 2 hours. If you are making more than one drink you can use more tea bags. Remove the tea bag.
- Combine the bourbon and the rest of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until cold. Strain into a glass.
- Garnish with an orange twist if you like.