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Apple Chai G&T

apple chai G&T

Philadelphia Distilling

Using a smooth American dry gin such as Bluecoat works well with this delicate Gin & Tonic by Canyon Shayer of Philadelphia Distilling. The apple chai syrup proves not too sweet, with nuances light enough that you don't want a strong spirit to overpower them. It's warm, refreshing and boozy all at once and almost too easy to drink. If you want more of a chai punch, try steeping the tea in the cider overnight or doubling up on the amount. Serve at happy hour or as a fun brunch cocktail.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “6 Gin Drinks Perfect for Sipping by the Fireplace.”


  • 1 1/2 ounces Bluecoat American dry gin
  • 3/4 ounce apple chai syrup*
  • Tonic, to top
  • Garnish: star anise pod


  1. Fill a Collins glass with ice and add the gin and syrup.

  2. Top with the tonic and stir gently to combine.

  3. Garnish with a star anise pod.

*Apple chai syrup: Simmer 1 cup apple cider with 2 Tbsp loose chai for 3 minutes, then remove from heat. Strain out tea. Mix in 1 cup demerara sugar until dissolved.