This Spiced Rum Chai Latte is the most delicious and cozy cocktail for a cold night. Enjoy one next to the fire or make a big batch to serve at your holiday party this year!
A couple weeks ago, for my husband’s birthday I took him out for dinner to one of his favorite restaurants, Linger and also to a new-to-us distillery in Denver. It seems to be a tradition that on his birthday we go visit a new distillery, although somehow we ended up at one in Vail on my birthday.
I actually really like doing the tours because I love to learn the process of how different types of alcohol are made. There’s a definite process, craft and passion behind the work that these men and women do and it’s something I can appreciate.
Another perk of the tours is that they often include a tasting afterwards. With this last tour we did at Bear Creek Distillery, we were actually able to choose four different alcohols to try since they don’t just specialize in one. My husband of course went straight for the whiskeys and bourbon, but I decided to be a little more adventurous and sampled a vodka, bourbon, whiskey and spiced rum.
Rum isn’t something I normally pick to drink. It kind of lost it’s appeal after having too many Malibu Rum mixed with soda concoctions. Was that anyone else’s drink of choice in their early 20’s? These days the thought of a drink that sweet makes my stomach turn.
However, something about the spiced rum sounded so appealing on that cool fall day and I couldn’t resist giving it a try. It was absolutely delicious! I told my husband this was the first alcohol I’d had where I could just sip it as is, no need to mix it with anything.
Of course being a food blogger, I can’t leave well enough alone and knew I had to create a cocktail recipe using it to share with all of you. I was inspired by the enormous menu of cocktails they had at the distillery’s bar, but one in particular caught my eye.
It was an iced drink using chai, half and half and the spiced rum. I loved it’s simplicity, not to mention the combination of chai with the spiced rum sounded heavenly. Since it’s fall and soon to be winter, I decided I wanted to make a hot version.
I stuck with using chai concentrate to keep things easy and then combined it with 2% milk. You can of course use any milk you’d like, even almond milk if you need to keep it dairy free. The milk and chai are heated together on the stove until they come to a simmer and then all that’s left to do is divide it into mugs, pour in the spiced rum and top it with whipped cream.
It’s one of the easiest, most delicious cold weather cocktails I’ve ever made and would also be great to double or triple for a party. I’m looking forward to making it many times in the months ahead!
- 1 cup chai concentrate
- 1 cup milk of choice, I used 2% milk
- 3 ounces spiced rum
- Whipped cream for topping the cocktails
- In a small saucepan combine the chai concentrate and milk. Stir together and bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Once simmering remove from the heat and stir in the spiced rum.
- Divide the mixture into 2 or 3 mugs and top with whipped cream and a spinkle of cinnamon if desired. Serve immediately.
- This recipe can easily be doubled, tripled, etc. to serve a crowd.