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Spiced Orchard Chai

Nothing says holiday entertaining like serving a festive, fruity cocktail. Rather than using the usual fruit juices which can contain loads of sugar, why not replace it with a tasty, fruity tea?

In this simple recipe, we use Teascapes By Taralight's Spiced Orchard Chai black tea. The tea contains a medley of fruit, which provide a slight tartness, and also includes various spices - all offering a complex flavour to this unique chai. Paired perfectly with amaretto - an almond flavoured liqueur - this cocktail is super simple to make, and sure to please any guest.

Servings: 2


  • 1 heaped tsp of Spiced Orchard Chai
  • 1 cup boiling water (10û°C / 212°F) 
  • 1-1/2 to 2 oz amaretto
  • Frozen cranberries
  • Ice
  • Club soda (optional)
  • Sprig of rosemary (optional)


  1. Add tea to a cup or teapot and pour in the boiling water. Let tea steep for about 15 - 20 minutes, depending on preferred strength. Remove tea leaves and let the brewed tea stand until cool, then refrigerate for at least a few hours - preferably overnight.
  2. When ready to make the cocktail, thaw a few frozen cranberries for a couple of minutes (about 3 - 4 per serving) and add to a cocktail shaker. Use a muddler or wooden spoon to muddle the berries. (Just a few "smashes"... do not overdo.)
  3. Add some ice to the shaker, measure and pour in the amaretto, and then 8 oz (1 cup) of the chilled tea. Before adding tea to the shaker, give it a quick stir or swirl in its refrigerated container.
  4. Stir all the ingredients in the cocktail shaker until well blended. Do not shake.
  5. Using 2 small old fashion glasses or champagne flutes, add a tablespoon or small handful of frozen cranberries to each glass and then strain the cocktail into the glasses. 
  6. Optional: Top with a splash of club soda.
  7. Optional Garnish: To make it more festive, add a sprig of rosemary.

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