Stay cozy this winter with a Chai Hot Toddy, made even more toasty with Kahlúa!

Chai Hot Toddy

Stay cozy this winter with a Chai Hot Toddy, made even more toasty with Kahlúa!
Chai Hot Toddy

Stay cozy this winter with a Chai Hot Toddy, made even more toasty with Kahlúa!

The rain is tapping on the roof with its steady beat, and the wind is whispering in low tones, coaxing me to stay indoors. One look outside at the raindrops beating on the sidewalk and I am glad to stay in. It’s been too long since we’ve had rain like this, where all you want to do is slip on the fuzzy slippers and turn on the kettle.

Chai Hot Toddy | | Citrus notes brighten a hot toddy.

Chai Hot Toddy | | Kahlúa makes a hot toddy even cozier!

Afternoon tea is my little ritual – it’s that moment of peace in the middle of the day. But on a blustery winter day, with no where to go, it’s time to treat yourself to something even better — a hot toddy.

Hot toddies and winter go hand in hand, like mittens and hot cocoa. But this is for grown ups, and a treat reserved just for you.

Chai Hot Toddy | | Warm up with a hot toddy made with Kahlúa!

Chai Hot Toddy | | Cozy in a glass.

As I put the kettle on, I opened a sachet of chai tea, breathing in the cinnamon, ginger and cardamom. The bright lemons brought a touch of sunshine to an otherwise deliciously gloomy day, and the honey drizzled on its sweetness in my glass.

To all these wintry flavors, I added a shot of Kahlúa, its deep rum flavor giving my tea its nod to turn it into a proper toddy. Each sip warmed me from head to toe, and I couldn’t help but think: can it rain every day?

Chai Hot Toddy | | Stay indoors and get cozy with a hot toddy.

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Chai Hot Toddy

Serves 4. | Prep: 5 minutes | Cook: 5 minutes

Stay cozy this winter with a Chai Hot Toddy, made even more toasty with Kahlúa!


4 cups water

4 chai tea bags

6-8 tablespoons honey

4 shots (1.5 oz each) Kahlúa

4 lemon slices 

4 cinnamon sticks


Bring 4 cups water to a boil. In a kettle or pitcher, add the tea and let it steep for about 5 minutes. Remove tea bags.

In 4 glasses, drizzle about 1-2 tablespoons honey in each. Fill 2/3 of the way with chai tea, and add a shot of Kahlúa. Garnish with a lemon slice and cinnamon stick. Stir and enjoy.


  1. Maria+|+Pink+Patisserie

    This looks so delicious, warm and cozy! We are in the midst of a massive storm so I think today I may have to take your advice and curl up with one of these.. :)

    • Liren Baker

      Stay safe and cozy indoors, Maria! Yes, we’re getting hit with a ton of rain, much needed. I see more hot toddies in my future :)

  2. Julia

    YES! You’re in my brain! I’ve been wanting to make a batch of Chai Toddies to enjoy with my girlfriends, and have been waiting for the perfect rainy/snowy day to do so. Glad you all are getting some precip – think it’s coming our way, as I hear we’re supposed to get a storm tonight. Fingers crossed it brings lots of snow!! xo

    • Liren Baker

      How are your faring up there, Julia? Thought of you today as the rain poured down here, and forecasts for 4 feet of snow were on the news. So crazy and wonderful!

  3. kayteelou

    The Chai Hot Toddy looks so good. I will be making it for the family over the Christmas holidays. Thank you.

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