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Two chai old fashioned cocktails on a wooden platter with spices on the side and lights in the background.

Chai Old Fashioned

When you need a cozy cocktail, look no further than this chai old fashioned! Made with a brown sugar-chai simple syrup and citrusy bitters, this bourbon cocktail is the perfect sipper for those chilly nights by the fire.
Course Beverages
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 drink
Calories 159kcal


  • Small saucepan
  • Old fashioned glass
  • Bar spoon
  • Jigger or small measuring cup
  • Large ice cube tray (optional but recommended)


Brown Sugar-Chai Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 chai tea bag

Chai Old Fashioned

  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar-chai simple syrup see note
  • 3 dashes orange bitters
  • 1 large ice cube
  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • Orange peel slice for garnish
  • Luxardo cherry for garnish
  • Cinnamon stick for garnish


Brown Sugar-Chai Simple Syrup

  • Add water and sugar to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring often to dissolve the sugar. Turn off heat once the brown sugar dissolves and add tea bag. Steep for at least five minutes.
  • Remove tea bag and then chill. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for several weeks.

Chai Old Fashioned

  • In an old fashioned glass, add the brown sugar-chai simple syrup and orange bitters. Stir to combine.
  • Add the ice cube and bourbon and stir to chill and help the ice cube start to slowly melt. 
  • Twist the orange peel over the old fashioned glass to release the oil and add to glass along with the cherry and cinnamon stick. Enjoy!


  • Old fashioned cocktails don't traditionally use a lot of sweetener, so this recipe was developed to use a level that's in line with your typical old fashioned. However, if you would like a sweeter cocktail or more chai, feel free to stir in a little extra to suit your taste. 
  • If you don't have a large ice cube mold, you can use a few standard ice cubes, but you'll get more melting. 
  • For full tips, please see blog post.
  • Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


Serving: 1drink | Calories: 159kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Sugar: 3g