Drink of the week: Baileys Iced Chai

Baileys Iced Chai

This Ain’t Your Starbucks’ Iced Chai Tea

Skip the milk! Use Baileys® Original Irish Cream Liqueur in your iced Chai for a drink of the week experience like no other, with this Baileys Iced Chai Cocktail.

Drink of the week: Baileys Iced Chai

Masala chai is a mixed-spiced tea that originated from India. This tea is made from strong black tea leaves that are infused with traditional Indian herbs and spices, like green cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks, ground cloves, ground ginger, and black peppercorn. These spices give chai its warming feeling, which might sound odd since it is drunk throughout the year. Despite its spiciness, Masala Chai makes a great iced summer drink and makes for one great iced tea cocktail when doctored up a bit.

Chai is one of the most popular teas worldwide, and people have an absolute love affair with it. The Decimal Brothers made a hilarious video called When you drop your Chai… to illuminate the deep sorrow of spilling a cup of chai. The struggle is real my friends. There is also something really satisfying about watching the milk seep into the tea.

Drink of the week: Baileys Iced Chai

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Chai can be made from tea bags, chai concentrates, or even powdered chai. In many places around the globe, this milky tea is brewed directly in milk instead of water. Typically, people use Condensed milk, white or brown sugar, honey, or syrups to add a bit of sweetness when they make chai, so we opted to use our recipe for simple syrup. The level of sweetness is also subjective to the drinker, so add as much as you need to.

Cold or Iced Chai has grown in popularity here in the States. You can find hot or iced Chai lattes in pretty much every major Coffee House and Tea chain in America. Fun fact: The word “Chai” actually translates to “Tea”, so when you order a Chai Tea Latte you are literally saying to your barista, “I’d like a large Hot/Iced Tea Tea Latte, please.” Are you ready to brew up some delicious Baileys Iced Chai iced tea cocktails? Then let’s get started.

Be sure to check out all of our Iced Tea Cocktails throughout the month of June.

Iced Tea Cocktail Series

 

Baileys Iced Chai

Yields: 1 Serving
Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Baileys® Original Irish Cream Liqueur
  • 6 Ounces Chilled Masala Chai
  • ½ Ounce Spiced Rum
  • ½ Ounce Simple Syrup [Optional]
  • Star Anise for Garnish
Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Tall Glass
  • Water Kettle
  • Tea Pot/Heat Proof Container
  • Bar Spoon
  • Cocktail Shaker**

 

Preparation

Masala Chai: Fill a kettle with 6 Ounces of water and bring it to a boil. Take kettle off the heat and pour water into a tea pot, or heat proof container, with about 1 to 2 Chai bags, we used rishi Masala Chai. Steep tea until the water cools down. Remove the tea bags, and set aside in fridge to chill.

 

Baileys Iced Chai: Fill a tall glass with ice. Pour chilled Masala Chai into glass and add in spiced rum and sweetner if desired. Top with Baileys Irish Cream, and stir together with a bar spoon.

For a Neat Drink: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, Baileys, chilled Chai, Spiced Rum, and sweetener if desired. Shake vigorously and let settle. Use a strainer as you pour the Baileys Iced Chai into glasses.

Go All Out: Pour all Baileys Iced Chai ingredients into a blender with 2 to 3 cups of ice. Blend together until smooth. Pour your frozen Baileys Iced Chai into glasses and top with whipped cream and this chocolate chai syrup.

 

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 222 Fat (g) 7.7 Saturated Fat (g) 4.7 Potassium (mg) 0 Carbohydrates (g) 14.9 Dietary Fiber (g) 0 Total Sugars (g) 11.8 Protein (g) 1.8 Sodium (mg) 47

 
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Iced Haiku Green Tea

Prepare for Saké Infused Drink of the Week Bliss

Que the shamisen players! We are experimenting with Saké infused Green Tea cocktails as we continue with National Iced Tea Month. Get your taste buds ready for this Drink of the week: Iced Haiku Green Tea.

Drink of the week: Iced Haiku Green Tea

There is something about writing about green tea and saké that makes me want to write a haiku.

Tea steeped with saké,
life is filled with such splendor.
Oh, sweet happiness.

All poetic writing aside, Saké and Green Tea make an extra delicious pair. Green tea has numerous health benefits and is a true artform of tea. There is such ceremony to making matcha, a powdered form of green tea, and the Japanese take it very seriously. Matcha powder is used to make everything from teas, lattes, ice creams, and even cake! If you’ve never tried green tea ice cream, I highly recommend doing so.

Saké is a Japanese rice liquor that is produced from a brewing process similar to that of beer. Saké can be infused with a variety of flavors, and is typically clear or a milky white in color [this is called Nigori saké]. Traditionally, saké is either served chilled, gently warmed, or at room temperature.

I absolutely love saké. It was the first liquor I was introduced to, an oddity coming from an Irish-Italian family I know. Nothing beats a nice hot bath and a cold glass of saké after a long day. I love saké almost as much as this animated cat.

Green Tea and Sake Cocktail - Love Sake

Did you know in Japanese culture it can be considered impolite to pour your own saké? Pouring etiquette states that individuals should pour saké for others at the table. It’s an intimate way to drink, and a great way to cement a relationship! In contrast, it can lead to a lot of excessive drinking as your companions will feel the uncontrollable urge to keep your glass full. So take small sips and make it last longer.

I got a little specific with what I used to make the Iced Haiku Green Tea. As the name suggests, I used Gekkeikan’s Haiku Saké, a special saké that has subtle fruity elements. If you would like to use a Junmai-shu saké, Gekkeikan Traditional is another good pick. You have options for the green tea in this drink of the week. You can either use bagged or loose leaf green tea, or opt for using matcha – which is what I like to do. If you choose to go the matcha route I suggest using a Maeda-en brand matcha powder. I also added this ginger simple syrup to add a little sweetness to the mixture.

Be sure to check out all of our Iced Tea Cocktails throughout the month of June.

 

Iced Haiku Green Tea

Yields: 1 Serving

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 Ounces Saké
  • 6 Ounces Green Tea
  • 1 Ounces Fresh Lemon Juice
  • ½ Ounce Ginger Simple Syrup
  • Lime Slices for Garnish

Glassware and Items You’ll Need:

  • Tall Glass
  • Tea Kettle
  • Tea Cup
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Bar Spoon

 

Preparation

Green Tea: Fill a kettle with 6 Ounces of water and bring it to a boil. Take kettle off the heat and pour water into a heat proof container with about 1 to 2 green tea bags, or the equivalent of loose tea in a tea strainer. Steep tea until the water cools down. Remove the tea bags, or strainer, and pour tea into glasses over ice [Or add iced to container]. Optional step: Chill tea in the Fridge for at least 30 minutes.

 

If you are using Matcha: Fill a kettle with 6 Ounces of water and bring it to a boil. While water is boiling, sift 1 to 2 tsp of matcha powder [depending on your taste] through a wire sieve, to eliminate clumps, into the bottom of a teacup. Take kettle off the heat and pour a few drops of water over the matcha powder. Mix together to form a paste with a spoon. Add more water to matcha paste slowly, and stir together. Allow tea to cool, then place the tea to chill in the fridge for a few minutes or add ice to quicken the cooling process.

 

Iced Haiku Green Tea: Pour green tea into a cocktail shaker with ice. Add in saké, ginger simple syrup, and lemon juice and shake well together. Strain cocktail into glass, enjoy it neat or add ice to glass if you prefer the extra chill. Garnish with lemon slices. Kampai!

 

Nutritional Content

1 serving approximately contains: Calories (kcal) 110 Fat (g) 0.3 Saturated Fat (g) 0 Potassium (mg) 87 Carbohydrates (g) 10.8 Dietary Fiber (g) 1.6 Total Sugars (g) 4.8 Protein (g) 0.7 Sodium (mg) 2

 

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