Serves 4 to 6
2 cups (500 ml) water
3 black tea bags
3 tbsp (45 ml) honey or agave syrup
4 green cardamom pods
4 whole allspice
4 black peppercorns
4 cloves
2 star anise
1 broken cinnamon stick
1-in (1.25 cm) piece fresh ginger root, peeled and shaved
1 vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped out
½ cup (125 ml) bourbon
2 cups (500 ml) unflavoured almond milk, preferably organic
1 x 14 oz (398 ml) can full fat coconut milk
freshly grated nutmeg, for garnish


  1. In a saucepan, combine water with tea bags, honey or agave, spices, ginger root and vanilla bean seeds. Bring to a simmer. Cover and continue to simmer for 5 minutes for flavours to blend. Strain liquid into a warmed teapot or jug for pouring. Add bourbon. Set aside.
  2. In a saucepan, warm almond milk and coconut milk until it begins to steam and bubble around edges. Remove from heat. Transfer to a blender. Whirl until foamy.
  3. Pour equal amounts of chai tea into four large, warmed glass mugs. Add equal amounts steamed milk. Spoon excess foam on top and garnish with freshly grated nutmeg.
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