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Butterscotch Chai Toddy

Butterscotch Chai Toddy- a warm and comforting cocktail made with spicy chai tea and butterscotch schnapps.

January 1, 2021 by Nicole Collins

Well, we made it.

It's no longer 2020.

This could either be an excellent thing or a terrifying thing. It's too soon to tell which one it will be yet.

Have you guys seen the 2021 memes going around that don't exactly add any comfort to the situation? There's one that asks if we're concerned that this new year is called “2020 won”. And, there's one that talks about imagining what will happen when the year hits 21 and is old enough to drink.

In the early days of quarantine, there was a meme talking about how people are either going to come out of quarantine as a hunk, a chunk, or a drunk.

All I have to say to that is...CHEERS, I guess.

Sitting around and worrying what will happen in this new year isn't going to do anyone any good. So, let's pour ourselves a cocktail, loosen up a little, and sit back and enjoy the ride.

So today, we're making a Butterscotch Chai Toddy!

This is one of those cocktails that's quick, easy, and always a good idea. It's so warm and comforting. And, it works well as a morning time brunch cocktail or as a nightcap while snuggled up under a blankie.

The base of our cocktail is vanilla chai tea. Chai tea is one of my favorite teas, because I love all of the warm spices that seem to warm your soul from the inside out. In a chai tea mix, you'll typically find spices like cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, star anise, and cloves. For this cocktail, I opted to cheat and use a store bought vanilla chai tea bag. The vanilla adds another layer of depth and richness while also adding a little extra sweetness. But, if you have a tried and true chai tea recipe, feel free to use that instead.

We'll brew our tea by steeping the tea bag in boiling hot water for about 4 minutes, and then we'll sweeten it up using a little agave syrup. I LOVE agave syrup, because it's a natural sweetener, it's super sweet, and a little goes a long way. Agave syrup can fall a little on the pricey side, but I think it's totally worth the investment. A bottle really stretches a long way. If you don't have or don't want to use agave syrup, you could use a little honey as a replacement.

Next, it's time to turn this drink into a cocktail. To our tea, we'll add in just under a shot of butterscotch schnapps, give it a stir, and our toddy is done! The butterscotch spirit adds a sweet, almost caramel like flavor to our tea that pairs perfectly with that sweet vanilla and those warm spices. It's so fragrant and rich while still feeling light and comforting. Garnish the drink with a cinnamon stick, and it's ready to serve!

Ok, everyone. You know the drill. Please drink responsibly. Cheers to a New Year full of love, laughter, and good fortune.

Enjoy, and let's drink!


Butterscotch Chai Toddy

Serves: 1 Print


  • 8 oz water

  • 1 vanilla chai tea bag

  • 2 tbsp (1 oz) butterscotch schnapps

  • ½ tbsp agave syrup

  • cinnamon stick, for garnish


  1. Bring water to a boil in a tea kettle or small saucepan. Place tea bag in a cup, and pour over boiling water. Steep the tea bag for 4 minutes, and remove the tea bag.

  2. Add butterscotch schnapps and agave syrup to the tea. Stir to mix. Add a cinnamon stick, if desired. Serve!

Recipe notes:

*If you don't have vanilla chai tea bags, regular chai tea tastes just as delicious.


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