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Chai Hot Toddy
This Chai Hot Toddy Will Warm You Right Up PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

What's the only thing better than drinking a hot toddy? Drinking a hot toddy flavored with chai. The delightful spices in the tea (think cinnamon and ginger) plus rum make this the ultimate warming cocktail for a cozy winter night.

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Makes 4 servings

2 cups water

4 chai tea bags (or ½ cup loose-leaf chai tea)

1½ cups milk

¼ cup honey

¼ cup sugar

6 ounces rum

½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Ground cinnamon, as needed for finishing

1. In a medium pot, bring the water to a boil over medium heat. Remove the pot from the heat and add the tea bags (or the loose-leaf tea). Let the mixture steep for 5 to 6 minutes. Remove the tea bags or strain out the loose tea.

2. Return the tea mixture to the pot and then stir in the milk, honey and sugar. Heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved.

3. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the rum and vanilla extract.

4. Divide the mixture among four mugs and garnish each with a pinch or two of cinnamon. Serve immediately.

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