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Celebrating the holiday season with this cozy Chai Espresso Martini. Homemade vanilla chai and honey simple syrup, mixed with the classic espresso martini ingredients of vodka, Kahlúa, and a shot of espresso. A shot of coconut milk makes the drink a touch creamy and just that much more delicious. This is the perfect subtle twist on the classic espresso martini cocktail. It’s a delicious holiday treat to cap off the night.

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The Saturday before Thanksgiving week…the festive season is finally here! I know, I’m the cheesiest, but as I say every single year, the holidays bring out my cheesy side. And I love every minute of the next few weeks.

For once, I didn’t need to spend a lot of time going back and forth on the perfect drink to share today. I knew exactly what I wanted to share with you.

Something warming, something cozy, and something that would really end any holiday evening just right. This is the perfect drink.

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The details

The chai syrup is the extra special holiday touch to this martini. It’s also so simple to make. You basically brew chai tea, then add honey and vanilla to create a simple syrup.

The syrup will make enough for about six cocktails. This is awesome to have on hand for any…unannounced guests…or if you just want to make yourself a fancy holiday martini. It’s not too sweet, perfectly spiced with warming flavors of chai, and just lightly hinted with vanilla.

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Shake the chai honey syrup with vodka, Kahlúa, a shot of espresso, and a shot of coconut milk. You’ll get a sweet martini with just the right amount of espresso, hints of vanilla, and a little creaminess too. Oh so GOOD!

The key to a good espresso martini is all in that frothy top. I know it might seem like a hard thing to achieve, but it’s actually very easy. You just need to really shake the drink together with ice for a good minute to create the froth. The harder you shake, the more froth you’ll get.

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I wanted to make the drink sparkle and shine, so I rimmed the glass with a sweet vanilla-sugar (simply sugar mixed with vanilla bean seeds). Not needed…but really festive (and delicious) for the holidays.

And that’s it. Enjoy guys! This one is perfect for both Thanksgiving and Christmas entertaining.

Chai Espresso Martini | halfbakedharvest.com

Looking for other easy after-dinner holiday drinks? Here are my favorites: 

Chai Old Fashioned

Vanilla Chai White Russian

Spiced Maple Bourbon Fizz

Vanilla Espresso Martini

Lastly, if you make this Chai Espresso Martini, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Chai Espresso Martini

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings: 1 martini
Calories Per Serving: 219 kcal

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Ingredients

Chai Honey Syrup

Martini

  • 1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) vodka
  • 1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) Kahlúa
  • 1 ounce espresso
  • 1 ounce canned coconut milk
  • grated nutmeg and star anise, for serving (optional)

Instructions

  • 1. To make the chai honey syrup. In a medium pot, bring 1/2 cup water to a boil. Remove from the heat, add the chai tea bags, cover and steep 10 minutes. Remove the tea bags and add the honey. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil 3-5 minutes, then remove from the heat. Stir in the vanilla. Let cool. This syrup makes enough for about 6 drinks.
    2. If desired, rim your glass with vanilla sugar.
    3. In a cocktail shaker, combine 1-2 tablespoons chai syrup, vodka, Kahlua, espresso, and coconut milk. Add ice and shake vigorously for 1 minute. Strain into the prepared glass. Garnish with grated nutmeg and star anise, if desired. 
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  1. 5 stars
    Amazing! Perfect cocktail for after-Thanksgiving treat! Can’t wait to try the Caramel Espresso Hot Chocolate!

  2. These look delicious! I have chai tea concentrate. How would I work out the ratios for that versus using tea bags? Thank you!

    1. Hey Cameron,
      Sorry, I honestly have no idea, I am not familiar with using chai tea concentrate. Please let me know if you give the recipe a try, cheers! xTieghan

  3. 5 stars
    Made this recipe a couple of times and both with great results! It takes a while to froth up but on the second shake it has a good amount of froth to hold up the grated nutmeg and star anise.
    The flavour is totally delicious and smooth, it’s also great without the alcohol…I did this when using up the remainder of the syrup; just espresso, milk and syrup and shake with ice in the ratio 3:2:1 respectively.

  4. I tried this recipe last night – did have coconut milk separation issues but it was delicious! Do you think maple syrup could be substituted for honey in the chai syrup?

    1. Hey Abbey,
      Wonderful! Love to hear that this recipe was a hit, thanks for making it! Yes, I think that would work well for you. Have the best week:) xTieghan

  5. 5 stars
    I made these for thanksgiving and they were a hit!! Don’t skip the nutmeg garnish! When I added the syrup to the shaker the honey solidified at the bottom which got a little messy. Is that normal or do you have any tips? Thanks!

    1. Hey Sarah,
      I love to hear that you enjoyed this recipe, thanks a lot for giving it a try! Did you allow the syrup to cool? That should help! xTieghan

  6. 5 stars
    So good! Tested tonight ahead of bringing to my friend’s for Thanksgiving. Substituted Kahlua for Mr. Black coffee liquor. Slightly less sweet – worked perfectly!!

    1. Hey Lydia,
      Thanks so very much for giving this recipe a go, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! Happy Thanksgiving! xTieghan

  7. 4 stars
    I’ve noticed on a few drink recipes now that when you go to print and change the serving size that the water amount written in the recipe doesn’t scale up. When going from 1 to 2 servings on this recipe, that’s a half cup of water for 8 tea bags, and 4 was already kind of a stretch trying to have enough water for them to steep. But a half cup of water for 8 tea bags doesn’t really work in a pot, even a small one. Is this a glitch or is it really a half cup? Thanks!

    1. Hey Taylor,
      So sorry about this! Since the written part of the recipe is part of the computer system that adjusts the measurements for ingredients, you will have to double that yourself. I hope this helps for next time! xTieghan

    1. Hi Gina,
      Thanks so very much for giving this recipe a go, I love to hear that it was enjoyed! Happy Thanksgiving! xTieghan

    2. Hi! Your syrup looks like it is fully home-made rather than using tea bags. Can you share the recipe for that? It’s really pretty 🙂

      1. Hi Morgane,
        I made mine with the tea bags, I just added a few fresh spices: cinnamon, ginger, star anise to the syrup after making it. I hope you love the recipe, cheers! xTieghan

    1. Hey Erin,
      in my experience all coconut milk separates, you really just need to shake it up before using:) I love Native Forest brand. I hope you love the recipe! xTieghan

  8. Hi! What is the best way to make these in advance / can you mix the ingredients a day or two ahead of time and store in the fridge? Wanting to make for Thanksgiving. Also love your recipes so much, thanks for sharing!!

  9. 5 stars
    Very yummy but mine didn’t come out as pretty as yours. The coconut milk was a little lumpy and i didn’t get the froth.Would you heat the coconut milk to make it creamy? i did shake it for a minute. Delicious!

    1. Hey Jamie,
      Awesome! It’s so great to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks for giving it a try! I would try shaking a little harder, it really shouldn’t affect the drink too much with such a small amount of milk. xTieghan