What do tea and alcohol have in common? They are both in our cocktails this holiday season! It is now that time of the year where the weather is cooling off, the leaves are changing colors and the holidays are right around the corner. We created a list of the best cocktails for this time of year! Whether you need a holiday drink to serve at a party or just want to mix up holiday cocktails at home, we know that something on our list will cheer every tea lover up. Check out our tea inspired cocktails to wow your friends and family this holiday season!
Autumn Chai-Tea-Ni Martini
Smooth. Creamy. A tad bit of spice. This Chai tea based cocktail is sure to warm you up this season!
- 1 oz Vodka (preferably Vanilla)
- 1 oz Light Cream (or milk of choice)
- 2 oz Chai Tea (chilled)
- Cinnamon for the rim or top
- Whipped cream (optional)
Measure the vodka, light cream, and chai tea mix into a martini shaker with ice. Shake lightly until blended and pour into a Martini glass that has been rimmed with cinnamon. Add some whipped cream or a light dusting of cinnamon on top and enjoy this incredibly delicious drink!
Spiced Pear Burbon Iced Tea
This fall cocktail made with spiced pear, bourbon, and aromatic chai tea is exactly what you need for any fall gathering. We like it over ice, but it would be great hot, too!
Pear Simple Syrup
- 1 pear sliced
- ½ cup sugar
- 12 oz chai tea brewed
- 5 oz pear simple syrup
- 4 oz bourbon
In a small pot, bring ½ cup of water, sliced pear and sugar to a boil. Remove from heat and bring to room temperature. Strain out fruit and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
Combine chai tea, 5 oz simple syrup, and bourbon in a cocktail shaker and shake to combine. Pour over ice split between 2 glasses and enjoy!
Apple Cider Hot Toddy
This apple cider hot toddy recipe is light and warming, perfect for the holidays. The quality of ingredients goes a long way here, so be sure to use real, unfiltered apple cider (it should be murky). Locally produced cider tends to be fresher and contain fewer (if any) additives. Spiced cider is good, too!
- 1 cup water
- 1 green tea or black tea
- 1 ½ ounces rye whiskey or bourbon
- 1 ounce real apple cider
- ½ small lemon
- Suggested garnishes: thin, round slices of lemon, a cinnamon stick, and star anise
Bring the water to a simmer and carefully pour it over the tea bag into a standard-sized mug, leaving about an inch of room in your mug for the whiskey and cider. Let the tea steep for a few minutes, then discard the bag so the tea doesn’t get bitter.
Pour in the whiskey or bourbon and a hefty splash of apple cider (adjust these amounts to suit your tastes). Squeeze in the juice of half a lemon and garnish with lemon slices, a cinnamon stick and a star anise. Sip up!
Other recipes use a lot more apple cider, which makes them overwhelmingly sweet. This drink isn’t so heavy that it’ll spoil your appetite for mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. Cheers!
The Harvest Orchard
Vodka, apple brandy, pear juice and chilled black tea are shaken together until well-chilled. Simple syrup is added for sweetness while a flurry of lemon zest on top provides citrusy aromatics. This pear-forward drink is smooth, sweet and can be prepared in bulk for a crowd!
- 2 ounces vodka
- 1/2 ounce apple brandy
- 2 1/2 ounces pear juice
- 2 1/2 ounces chilled black tea
- 1 ounce simple syrup
Add vodka, apple brandy, pear juice, black tea and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker with ice. Cap and shake until well-chilled. Strain into 2 copper mugs filled with crushed ice. Top with grated lemon zest.
Chai Apple Cider Slush
This Chai Apple Cider Slushie requires a bit of preparation (frozen cider cubes) so make sure to start this one the night before! For this drink, apple cider is frozen into ice cubes, then blended with apple brandy, ginger beer, lemon juice and cold, spiced chai tea. You can make a lot of apple cider cubes in advance, and then just blend up a big batch once your are ready to serve!
- 18 ounces apple cider, frozen in ice cube trays
- 3 ounces vodka
- 1 ounce apple brandy
- 4 ounces ginger beer
- 3 ounces chilled chai tea
- 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
- Cinnamon sticks, to garnish
Combine apple cider cubes, vodka, apple brandy, ginger beer and chai tea in a blender, and blend to a slushie consistency. Pour into short glasses and garnish with cinnamon sticks.
Let us know if you tried any of these cocktails by tagging us and the above creators above or by commenting below! We hope you enjoy them all and have a wonderful holiday season!