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Get in the Holiday Spirit with Hot Buttered Hard 'Chai'-der!

As the cold weather sets in, hot cocktails are perfect crow pleasers! Learn how to impress your holiday visitors with Paragary's Hot Buttered Hard 'Chai'-der.

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HOT BUTTERED HARD ‘CHAI’-DER

  • 2 tablespoons chai toffee sauce (recipe below)
  • 1 ½ ounces darjeeling-infused vodka (recipe below)
  • 6 ounces boiling apple cider
  • Garnish: orange twist, cinnamon stick & grated nutmeg & whipped cream (recipe below)

Combine 2 tablespoons chai toffee sauce with 1 ½ ounces Darjeeling-infused vodka in heatproof glasses. Pour 6 ounces boiling apple cider over each, and stir. Garnish with cinnamon stick, orange twist (express oils over top of drink), & grated nutmeg.

CHAI TOFFEE SAUCE

  • 4 ounces (1 stick) room temperature 365 Everyday Value Organic unsalted butter
  • 1 cup C&H lightly packed dark brown sugar
  • ¾ cup Humboldt Creamery Organic heavy cream
  • 8 green Spicely Organic cardamom pods, lightly crushed
  • ½ teaspoon Spicely Organic black peppercorns
  • 8 365 Everyday Value Organic cloves
  • 4 365 Everyday Value Organic cinnamon sticks
  • 4 – 1 ½ inch piece fresh Organic ginger, peeled and thinly sliced

Combine spices, butter, sugar, and cream in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium (so sauce does not boil over) and boil, stirring frequently, until sauce thickens and darkens slightly, about 4 minutes. Strain toffee mixture through a fine strainer.

DARJEELING-INFUSED VODKA

  • 4 bags Darjeeling black tea
  • 1 liter (33.814 ounces) vodka
  • Add tea bags to bottle of vodka, allow to steep for 24 hours. Remove tea bags.

ANGOSTURA WHIPPED CREAM

  • 3/4 cup Humboldt Creamery Organic heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp. 365 Everyday Value Organic brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. angostura bitters
  • whisk until soft peaks.

*** All ingredients listed except angostura bitters can be found labeled at Whole Foods Market on Arden and Eastern in Sacramento. Non-brand and non-organic can be used in place of any of the ingredients listed above.

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