Here’s a cocktail and a pick-me-up all shaken into 1 drink. That’s our kind of beverage!
Step 1 is to make a Chai-spiced simple syrup. You can use it all kinds of cocktails, as well as adding a squeeze to your morning coffee to spice things up to the start of the day.
Chai Simple Syrup
1 small cinnamon stick
5-10 cardamom pods, crushed lightly
1 star anise
1 cup water
½ cup sugar
½ cup honey or maple syrup
Make the simple syrup by simmering all of the ingredients in a small pot for about 15 minutes, until the simple syrup is well-infused. Strain and cool. Transfer to a jar or container where you can keep in the fridge for several weeks.
Dirty Chai Martini
makes 1 cocktail
1-ounce espresso or strong coffee
1-ounce chai simple syrup
The best part about this cocktail (besides its great taste) is that it is so easy to remember: equal parts of four ingredients. Put everything in a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice and shake shake shake. Serve over ice on a nice hot day. We like to garnish with coffee beans or star anise.