The Holiday Season is well underway and 2020 is coming to a close. 2020, the year of COVID, Wildfires, Murder Hornets and Prince Harry and Meghan Markle finally calling it quits with the royal family!

For those of us ready to put 2020 squarely in the rearview mirror, this homemade Chai Tea Christmas Cocktail recipe should help.

chai tea for the holidays

Chai Tea is a rich, Indian-inspired black tea with lots of spice and exotic flavor. This recipe is an old favorite of ours but were adding some spiced rum because, well,ā€¦Murder Hornets.Ā 

Indian-inspired chai combines black tea, spices, and a spiced rum option.


  • 2-inch piece fresh ginger, cut into thin rounds
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 teaspoons black peppercorns
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 6 cardamom pods
  • 6 cups cold water
  • 6 bags of black tea (preferably Darjeeling)
  • 2 tsp real honey
  • 1.5 oz spiced rum (optional)


Combine first 5 ingredients in medium saucepan. Using mallet or back of large spoon, lightly crush or bruise spices. Add 6 cups water; bring to boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, partially cover pan, and simmer gently 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Add tea bags and steep 5 minutes. Discard tea bags. Strain chai into teapot, add honey and rum (optional). Stir and serve warmā€¦. cheers to 2021!

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