This winter, we've noticed more and more places offering tea that's definitely not for the tea totaller, in the form of chai-flavored martinis—and we applaud the trend. Slightly lighter and less sweet than a chocolate martini, but still decadent and creamy enough to feel like a proper winter indulgence, we love the spicy warmth it adds to a night. The recipe changes—at Taste Restaurant, it involves vanilla vodka and chai concentrate, while others use a chai-flavored liqueur. In all cases, though, it's a delicious treat that can function as either a cocktail or a drinkable dessert—and, um, it's got tea, so it's just full of antioxidants, right? Which makes tea the new pomegranate. Don't believe us? Just wait until it warms up again, when we predict even more of the green-tea-flavored drinks we started seeing last summer. Yum!
There’s nothing tame about this tea drink.
Issue date: January, 2007