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O Holy Chai

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Joshua Gandee refers to this concoction as a “snacky drink,” one that pairs well with savory coffee-table bites like popcorn and cheese boards. For eager hosts holding gatherings this summer, Gandee says this cocktail provides a warm welcome. “It allows you to drink for the weather you have and for the weather you want,” Gandee says. “It has crisp, refreshing elements like the fresh-squeezed lemon juice and the tonic water, but also warming rainy-day notes, like chai and chamomile.” 

O Holy Chai
Recipe courtesy of Watershed Kitchen & Bar

2 ounces Guild Gin
1/4 ounce lemon juice
4 ounces tonic water
1/2 ounce chai syrup
Star anise and a lemon wheel for garnish

To make chai syrup, boil 1 cup of water with your preferred chai tea. Let steep for the recommended time, then stir in 1/2 cup granulated sugar until dissolved. The syrup will keep 3 to 4 weeks if refrigerated. To make cocktail, add all ingredients to a Collins glass with ice and gently stir to combine. Garnish with one star anise and a lemon wheel.