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Chai Spiced Apple Cider Cocktail

This festive Chai Spiced Apple Cider Cocktail recipe is a delicious fall drink that can be easily made with booze or as a mocktail.


For the chai concentrate:

  • 6 cardamom pods
  • 6 whole peppercorns
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 2 star anise (+ more for garnish)
  • 1-inch piece of ginger peeled and cut into small pieces
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract or seeds from 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 Black tea bags

Everything else:

  • 6 oz spiced rum
  • 2 cups apple cider


  1. Combine all of the chai concentrate ingredients, except the black tea, into a small saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.

  2. Remove from heat, add tea bags, and let steep for 5 minutes.

  3. Pour the liquid mixture through a strainer and discard the spices (or save some for garnish). Let cool to room temperature.

  4. Pour 1.5 ounces of spiced rum into 4 cocktail glasses. Add 1/4 cup of both the chai concentrate and apple cider into each glass and garnish with a star anise. Serve right away.

  5. Alternatively, you can warm the cider and chai in a small saucepan and serve the cocktails warm.