Spiced Chai Old Fashioned

spiced chai old fashioned garnished with books in the background

This Spiced Chai Old Fashioned is just the perfect Fall drink to cozy up with during the cold evenings. Made with a homemade spiced chai simple syrup, this is a unique twist on a classic cocktail that everyone loves! 

Who is ready for holiday cocktails?! I’m not sure what it is about the holidays…maybe it’s the weather getting colder, the lights twinkling, the leaves changing etc. that makes me want to sip on something warm and cozy, but here we are! 

However, in this season in my life, if you didn’t know, I’m pregnant! So I’ve been drinking a lot of Spindrift sparkling water and mocktails. 

So, for this Spiced Chai Old Fashioned, you’re going to have to trust my dear taste tester husband, Benjamin, who is a bourbon aficionado. 

Why You’ll Love this Drink: 

Alright – even though I wasn’t able to try the final version of this drink, I was able to try the delicious Spiced Chai simple syrup that I truly want to add into everything I drink this season. 

The syrup is made with legitimate spiced chai tea – I really love the Trader Joe’s brand version and is mixed of course, with granulated sugar to give it that delicious thickened slightly syrup-y texture. 

It’s perfectly spiced with those chai spices that you know and love – cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, all spice, clove, black pepper and nutmeg. YES PLEASE. 

Listen y’all, I feel like bourbon is already an incredibly warming drink – but when you add in this deliciousness it takes it to the next level. 

spiced chai syrup in mason jar

It’s the perfect drink to serve at your next Fall get together or to whip it up when you’re watching all of the fun Halloween movies. Or hey, Thanksgiving is only a month away – talk about a great appetizer drink! 

I really love this drink because it’s SO simple. It requires minimal ingredients, minimal liquor and is so quick to whip up. My type of cocktail! 

close up of garnished old fashioned drink

I love adding in the orange peel twirl for a fun twist as well as a cinnamon stick for extra spiced goodness. 

So let’s get into what you need to make it! 

Ingredients You Need: 

  • Bourbon 
  • Spiced Chai Tea 
  • Water 
  • Sugar 
  • Orange Peel + Cinnamon Stick for garnish (optional) 

How to Make a Spiced Chai Old Fashioned: 

Start off by making the Spiced Chai Simple Syrup. What is really great about this drink is that you can make the simple syrup a few days ahead and then it’s SUPER easy to make. 

Begin by letting 1 cup of water come to a boil. Add in 3 spiced chai tea bags of your choice and remove it from the heat. 

Then – let the tea bags steep for 5 minutes. 

Be sure that when you remove the tea bags once they are done steeping that you really squeeze out the flavor from the bags as much as you can against the side of the pot. You want all of that spiced goodness! 

straight on shot of garnished spiced chai old fashioned

Next, I added the brewed tea BACK onto the heat to let it get warmed back up. It was then that I  added in my sugar – making the simple syrup! 

You want the sugar to dissolve into the syrup. 

And once it’s done, I let it cool for a it in the pot. Afterward, I simply stored it in a mason jar in the fridge. Super easy! 

overhead shot of garnished drink with cinnamon sticks and bowl of sugar beside it

Once you’re ready to pour your drink, I suggest you grab your favorite cocktail glass. Add in a shot (or two!) of bourbon as well as 2-3 tbsp of the spiced chai syrup, depending on how sweet you like your drinks. 

Mix with a cocktail stirrer and taste and adjust the sweetness if needed. 

hand grabbing garnished drink with stack of books in the background

I then added an extra large ice cube to make myself feel super fancy as well as just the peel of an orange and a cinnamon stick. 

And voila! There you have it. The perfect spicy sweet cozy and warm Fall beverage. 

Enjoy every sip my friends! 

Did you like this recipe? Here’s a few other drink recipes you might like: 

Vanilla Fig Dark and Stormy 

Gingerbread White Russian 

Cranberry Orange Bourbon Fizz 

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Spiced Chai Old Fashioned

This Spiced Chai Old Fashioned is just the perfect Fall drink to cozy up with during the cold evenings. Made with a homemade spiced chai simple syrup, this is a unique twist on a classic cocktail that everyone loves! 

Course cocktails, Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword easy cocktails, old fashioned, old fashioned cocktail, spiced chai cocktail
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 drink
Author Haylie


Spiced Chai Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 spiced chai tea bags


  • 1.5 oz bourbon
  • orange peel and cinnamon stick to garnish


Making Spiced Chai Syrup

  1. In a small pot, add 1 cup of water and let it come to a boil. Add the spiced chai tea bags and remove from the heat. Let steep for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags, making sure that you squeeze them against the side of the pot to get all of the flavor out!

  2. Add the pot BACK onto the heat and let it get warm and then add the sugar. Let the sugar dissolve into the tea and then remove it from the heat. Let it cool for a few minutes in the pot and then pour it into a heat safe jar.

Old Fashioned Assembly

  1. Add 2-3 tbsp of the chai syrup to the bottom of your favorite cocktail glass followed by the bourbon. Use a cocktail stirrer to mix it up. Taste and adjust sweetness if you need to. Add in 1 large ice cube. Garnish with an orange peel and cinnamon stick. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

This makes about 8-10 oz. of chai syrup. To store the leftover syrup, simply add a lid to the jar and keep it in the fridge for up to 5 days for your next drink! 

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