Hello friends! It’s time for another Christmas-y recipe, and I do hope that I’ve posted this in time for anyone else to try it out before the day is actually here (Only 4 days?!?! How?!!?).
This one is for anyone who loves coffee, tea, or anything that can have delicious gingery syrup poured on it (like maybe…oatmeal? Pancakes? ICE CREAM?). I honestly can’t say that I got this from any one or two sources. If you do a quick Google search, you’ll find tons of different recipes. I just took my favorite bits from whatever I found and combined them into one, which is something that you could totally do, too.
But wait! There’s more!
Yes, you read that right: Chai-nog. If you don’t know what that is or you haven’t figured it out yet, that would be a chai latte made with eggnog. Now, you have a couple options. You can either make a chai from scratch and use eggnog INSTEAD of milk, or do what I did tonight, which means use a chai latte k-cup and just add eggnog. Since it’s late and the only decaf chai I tend to drink is the Cafe Escapes brand k-cup chai lattes, that what I’ve gone with in my photos tonight.
But before we can get to that, we need our syrup.
What you’ll need is:
- 1½ cup Water
- 1 cup brown Sugar
- 2 tablespoons Molasses
- 2 teaspoons of Vanilla Extract
- 1 Cinnamon stick (or ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon)
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon cloves
- ¼ teaspoon allspice
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 peppercorn (optional)
First, steep your favorite chai loose tea or tea bag (if you like it extra strong, use two teabags) in a little less than a half of a cup of water.
Add sugar to taste (eggnog is sweet, so maybe be light-handed).
While your tea is steeping, warm up 1/2 cup or so of eggnog either on the stovetop or in the microwave. I won’t judge. If you want foam, either use a frother (if you have one) OR put it in a closed container (like a mason jar) and SHAKE until desired frothiness is achieved.
Add your gingerbread syrup (I like close to a tablespoon) to your steeped tea. Then add your eggnog and spoon on the froth.
Route 2: K-cup version
It seems almost silly to write this out, but here we are.
Brew your chai using your Keurig machine.
Add in your syrup and a healthy amount of eggnog.