Vanilla Chai Old Fashioned

While we are all too familiar with the classic old fashioned, it is refreshing to try different variations. Bring in the holidays with this non-traditional cocktail, you’ll be feeling toasty in no time!

INGREDIENTS:
Chai Simple Syrup:
4 chai tea bags
1/3 cup real maple syrup
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Chai Old Fashioned:
2 oz. bourbon
1 oz. lemon juice
1 dash orange bitters
2-4 tbsp. chai tea syrup
1 splash sparkling water, for topping (optional)

Garnish:
1 navel orange, sliced
1 cinnamon stick (optional)
1 star anise (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:
Chai Simple Syrup:
In a medium pot, bring 1 cup water to a boil. Remove from the heat, add the chai tea bags, cover and steep 10-15 minutes. Remove the tea bags and add the maple syrup. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil 3-5 minutes, then remove from the heat. Stir in the vanilla. Let cool. Keep in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. It is recommended to make the Chai Simple Syrup ahead of time.

OLD FASHIONED:
In a cocktail shaker, combine the bourbon, lemon juice, orange bitters, and 2 tablespoons of the chai syrup. Shake to combine. Then, strain into a glass. If desired, top with sparkling water. Garnish with a sliced navel orange, cinnamon stick, and star anise. Enjoy!