October 20, 2016 5

The Dirty Chai Nightcap

Vegan, creamy dirty chai cocktail.

The Dirty Chai Nightcap | A creamy, non-dairy, refined sugar-free, dirty chai latte spiked with booze, chilled and then poured into a martini glass as a dirty chai cocktail.
My friend, Lisa makes awesome tea. She bottles the best chai concentrate I’ve ever had. Like ever. Truth is, I didn’t really enjoy chai that much until I tried hers. It’s extra gingery, a touch spicy, real smooth and just a tad sweet. She’s turned me into a chai monster. An almond milk dirty chai latte monster. And all that’s led to this dirty chai cocktail: The Dirty Chai Nightcap.

Nightcap: last drink of the night; anyone up for a nightcap?

A combination of chai, espresso, maple syrup, soy milk, and your favorite spirit. I understand a traditional nightcap is meant to ease you to sleep, not keep you from sleeping, but it really depends on the kind of night you’re having. Also, this can easily be made caffeine-free with decaf espresso and rooibos chai tea.

I often make the joke, who’s drinking soy milk anymore? It feels so, 1998. I hadn’t had soy milk in years. I actually don’t know if I’ve ever had it. By the time I was reaching for plant-based milks, soy milk was already in the shadows of almond. But as part of my ongoing partnership with Silk, they asked me to feature their soy milk in this post. I’m glad I did. Because this is what I’ve found.

Their organic, unsweetened soy milk is somewhat naturally sweet, very creamy, and quite pleasant. It’s GMO, carrageenan, sugar, gluten, lactose, cholesterol, artificial color and flavoring free. But most importantly, Silk’s organic soy milk gives folks from around the country an affordable, trustworthy, allergen-friendly plant-based milk that isn’t sourced from nuts.

I’ve mentioned this before, but it’s very important to me to mention it again. As much as I love supporting local and small businesses, I also love to get the word out about big businesses doing good. Or at least making a major effort to change the landscape of our food industry in the ways they can – by growing non-GMO crops, and providing the public with trustworthy, allergen-friendly food.

For as many of us who have access to backyard gardens, farmers’ markets, CSA deliveries and paychecks large enough to be spent at Whole Foods, there are many more of us that don’t. Who don’t live within an acceptable range to grocery stores, or fresh food options. And those folks aren’t exempt from food allergies, restrictions and/or humane life-style choices. Silk is a mainstay brand that is accessible and affordable for most. And for these reasons, I’m a proud Silk ambassador.

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The Dirty Chai Nightcap | A creamy, non-dairy, refined sugar-free, dirty chai latte spiked with booze, chilled and then poured into a martini glass as a dirty chai cocktail.The Dirty Chai Nightcap | A creamy, non-dairy, refined sugar-free, dirty chai latte spiked with booze, chilled and then poured into a martini glass as a dirty chai cocktail.The Dirty Chai Nightcap | A creamy, non-dairy, refined sugar-free, dirty chai latte spiked with booze, chilled and then poured into a martini glass as a dirty chai cocktail.

The Dirty Chai Nightcap
 
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I used a corn based whiskey, but most spirits will work well. Vodka and bourbon would be my next picks. I didn't test this, but I imagine store bought liquid chai concentrates would work in place of the tea bag concentrate. Make an even swap for one another, and omit the maple syrup. I used Silk's organic unsweetened soy milk, but any unsweetened plant-based milk will do: almond, coconut, hemp, etc.
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Makes: 4 cocktails
Ingredients
  • 4 chai tea bags
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 2 ounces espresso
  • 1 cup plant-based milk {see notes}
  • 4 ounces spirits {see notes}
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • star anise, garnish
Instructions
  1. Heat the water to almost boiling and steep the tea bags in it for 5 minutes. Discard the tea bags and cool the chai concentrate.
  2. Make 2 ounces of espresso and cool.
  3. Combine in a shaker the chai, espresso, milk, spirits and maple syrup. Strain and pour into 4 martini glasses, and top with star anise.
  4. Enjoy responsibly!

The post is sponsored by Silk; all opinions are my own.

5 Responses to "The Dirty Chai Nightcap"

  1. Reply

    Katrina

    October 21, 2016 at 9:18 AM

    I need to try making my own chai concentrate like your friend! I don’t like it “out” either, but making a good chai tea or latte from a bag is what I do at home! Need to try this neat recipe!

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    Shelly @ Vegetarian 'Ventures

    October 21, 2016 at 10:45 AM

    Chai is basically my soul mate – you’ve just fed my addiction by giving me an excuse to take my afternoon chai into the evening with a splash of liquor.

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    Sophie MacKenzie

    October 21, 2016 at 11:33 AM

    This is everything I love all in one magical elixir. Tea, coffee, booze!? Hello new best friend!

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    Erin

    November 29, 2016 at 8:00 AM

    I think I’m going to try this with vanilla liquor. Yummy grown up vanilla chai!

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      Sherrie

      December 1, 2016 at 1:12 PM

      Mmm that sounds delicious! In that case, you could probably skip the maple syrup in that case, it might be sweet enough without it.

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