This time of year, eggnog seems to be making an appearance at every gathering. As in, you can’t get away from it! I get it. It’s a classic, comforting drink and a fabulous staple for entertaining, but I wanted to create something different and surprising for guests. Something with chai.
Enter the flip cocktail (similar in preparation to the traditional nog, but lacking the cream and adding all the buzz), this class of cocktail is fabulously frothy in appearance and a breeze to create with just a shaker filled with ice.
Flips can be created with a handful of spirits, but in the name of the holidays and the desire for cozier flavors, I’ve turned a traditional Whiskey Sour on its head as a flip that has been infused with chai tea.
Chai has strong spice notes of cardamom, cinnamon and ginger, which play perfectly with a creamy rounded whiskey or bourbon. By infusing your spirit overnight (or even just a few hours) with this flavorful tea, the drink instantly tastes like a special handcrafted masterpiece.
Bonus: If there is leftover infusion after the party is over, it can be saved for other spirited recipes (spiced chai bourbon glazed cookies anyone!?).
If the idea of putting an egg in your cocktail scares you a bit, don’t worry! This recipe can also be made without the egg for a spiced-up sip perfect to enjoy fireside.