Warm Up With These Tea Cocktails This November

by Alex ThatcherNovember 2, 2016

Redefine Tea Time This November With Tea-Infused Cocktails

Crisp weather, crunched leaves, and a cool morning: these are the makings of a brisk autumn day. As the weather continues to cool this November, you’ll find you and your dear family and friends turning inward to enjoy cozy evenings together, seeking respite from fall’s outdoor magic.

Whether you are planning for a family-style Thanksgiving or an intimate dinner soiree with friends, it is time to start thinking of the perfect touches for your November gatherings. And what inspires a warm evening indoors better than a cleverly concocted nightcap or a cup of perfectly steeped tea?

By infusing tea with your favorite spirits, you hit a sweet spot between a cozy evening by the fire, and a jubilant gathering with friends. So go ahead, show your hospitality with a touch of booze and a dab of grace, and dazzle your guests this November with these incredible tea cocktails. Read on for two of our favorite fall-inspired recipes that you can create to impress your guests this season.

1p298-57d7ceba18Earl Grey Mint Julep from Beautiful Booze

Ginger Apple Cider Smash

Nothing evokes feelings of fall like cider, so why not incorporate it into your tea-infused cocktail? Follow the recipe below to create a whiskey-based cocktail that perfectly balances the sweetness of cider with the bite of ginger.


  • (Tea Base)
    • 3 tsp fresh ginger, diced
    • 5 tbsp apple cider chai
    • 4 tbsp raw sugar
  • (1 Full Cocktail)
    • 1 oz of Tea Base
    • 1 lemon wedge
    • 2 oz rye whiskey
    • 5 large leaves of sage (4 for muddling, 1 for garnish)

Start by making the tea base: boil 16 ounces of water, and then pour the liquid into a measuring cup. Add the fresh ginger and the cider chai tea. Steep for 5 minutes then strain into a bowl. Add sugar and then stir until dissolved.

Once you have your tea base, slap the sage leaves to release their full flavor. Then use a cocktail shaker to muddle the tea base, sage leaves and lemon wedge. Add the rye whiskey and ice, then stir until the cocktail can be strained into an ice-filled glass, complete with a sage leaf for garnish.

main-default-cbc442e15d5Masala Chai Old Fashioned from On My Plate

Masala Chai Old Fashioned

For those that prefer more chai-based tea over the apple cider taste, try making a Masala Chai Old Fashioned. A twist on a cocktail classic, this tea cocktail is sure to keep guests warm and cozy.


  • (4 Chai Flavored Ice Cubes)
    • 4 tbsp Masala Chai
    • 4 tbsp raw sugar
  • (1 Full Cocktail)
    • 2 oz bourbon
    • 4 dashes whiskey-barrel aged bitters
    • 2 orange wheels
    • 1 large Masala Chai flavored ice cube
    • Cinnamon stick

Boil 16 ounces of water, and then pour the liquid into a measuring cup. Add the chai and raw sugar. Steep for 5 minutes, then strain the mixture into a silicone large ice cube mold and freeze the ice cubes.

Once the chai ice cubes are solid, begin the drink preparation. In a traditional old fashioned glass, muddle the bitters and an orange wheel with a splash of water. Replace the orange wheel with the bourbon. Add the chai ice cube, then add the remaining orange wheel and a cinnamon stick for garnish.

Tea Infused Cocktail recipesApple Cider Sangria from Delish

Adult Tea, Steeped to Perfection

Embrace this fall trend, and warm up with tea cocktails this November. These are just two of many recipes you can find, for further inspiration, try concocting an Earl Grey and Gin based drink, or a Grand Marnier and black tea cocktail.

Looking to go the extra step? Stop by a local store and pick up recipe cards, and send your guests home with the recipe for their tea cocktail of choice – they’ll think of you and your lovely hospitality every time they make the recipe! So get started, and enjoy one of these tea-infused cocktails from the comfort of your own home this November.

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About The Author
Alex Thatcher
Alex is a home staging guru who moonlights as a writer. She loves everything about interior design and loves working in the industry. Alex is an expert in finding what makes people light up when they walk into a room, and has made a living by creating interiors that are unique, warm and inviting. When she isn't arranging flowers or making sure she's found the right loveseat for prospective buyers, she writes about her passion — home design.