Thursday, February 5, 2015

Baileys and Chai! Oh My!

I've been a fan of Baileys Irish Cream for a long time. Although I've had it mixed with coffee as an after-dinner drink, and I've mixed it into hot chocolate as an evening treat, it never dawned on my to create a warm cocktail with Baileys.

But once the idea hit, I had to give it a try.

I didn't want to just warm the Baileys though - I wanted more depth of flavor. I wanted something that would pair well with the Baileys, but not overpower it.

I chose chai. I used an instant chai mix (add hot water and stir), but you could certainly brew your own.

Oh, and I used the salted caramel Baileys. The regular Baileys would be just fine, as well. Your choice

This would be nice for a cozy brunch or for a quiet evening at home. A box of chocolate covered caramel candies on the side wouldn't be a bad idea, either.

You know, for that holiday where people tend to give boxes of chocolates?

Baileys and Chai (oh my!)

6 ounces prepared chai tea (hot)
1 ounce Baileys Salted Caramel Irish Cream 
1/2 ounce Smirnoff Caramel-Kissed Vodka

Prepare the chai tea in the mug of your choice. Add the Baileys and vodka. Stir and serve.

This would be good with a dollop of whipped cream, if you like. It would also be good cold. But hey, it was snowing and a hot drink was absolutely the right idea.

Anti-Disclaimer. See that bottle of Baileys? I bought it. And the Smirnoff has been hanging around here for quite a while, so I'm not sure which door it entered by. But it's mine, now.