Spicy Chai Masala Cocktail

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Inactive: 45 min
  • Cook: 5 min
  • Yield: 1 drink
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Chai-Infused Rum: 

1 cup spiced rum

2 caffeine-free herbal chai tea bags

Garam Masala Simple Syrup:

1/2 cup sugar

1 tablespoon ground garam masala


3 tablespoons half-and-half

Cayenne pepper, as needed

Ground cinnamon, as needed

Freshly ground black pepper, as needed


  1. For the chai-infused rum: Add the spiced rum (at room temperature) to a jar with the chai tea bags and let steep for 30 minutes. Remove the tea bags and set aside the rum until needed. 
  2. For the garam masala simple syrup: Add the sugar, garam masala and 1/2 cup water to a small saucepan and heat on medium until the sugar is dissolved. Set aside and let cool. Stir before using. 
  3. For the cocktail: To a shaker filled with ice, add the half-and-half, 1 1/2 ounces of the chai-infused rum, 1 tablespoon of the garam masala simple syrup and a dash (or more, depending on the level of heat you prefer) of cayenne, cinnamon and fresh black pepper. Shake and pour into a cup of ice. Garnish with another quick crack of fresh black pepper and a pinch of cayenne. 
  4. Goodbye holiday mimosas. Hello mildly caffeinated exotic spicy sweet sipping beverage.