This chai-flavored liqueur is like a chai-spiced tea version of Kahlua. It has the spicy notes and warmth of a chai with the boozy kick of a liqueur. It makes for a good Chai White Russian.
One of my latest creations is this chai masala liqueur. It is similar to the paan liqueur but instant and with masala chai flavors.
Store at room temperature or in the refrigerator. It will have the best flavor within a year. Beyond that, the flavors may start to fade but it will not go bad because the alcohol is a preservative.
Black tea – masala chai is made with black tea. Use any kind of black tea you like.
Chai masala – the blend of spices that give Indian masala chai its characteristic flavors.
Sugar – helps to balance the heat of the chai masala and the vodka.
Vodka – a neutral spirit, ripe for flavoring. Substitute for rum or grain alcohol if you like.
Lemongrass (optional) – lemongrass is added to masala chai in Gujarati homes. It helps to brighten up the drink.
- 500 mL vodka 2 1/4 cups
- 200 g sugar 1 cup
- ½ cup water
- 6 black tea bags 1 Tbsp loose-leaf tea
- 10 saffron strands optional
- 5 cloves
- 2 ” piece of cinnamon
- 1 ” piece of ginger sliced
- 12 black peppercorns
- ½ mace or a small piece of nutmeg optional
- 1 blade of lemongrass optional
- Combine water, tea, and lemongrass. Bring to a boil. Turn off the heat. Add the chai masala. Let steep for 4 minutes.
- Strain through a coffee filter.
- Add sugar. Stir to dissolve.
- Add vodka and stir well.