Binny's Home Bartender: Tea of Knowledge

The apple and spice profile of this cocktail screams autumn. Not only that, it can be made into a classy and cool cocktail served up or on the rocks and is easily modified into a comforting riff on the Hot Toddy. Just add a crisp fall evening and maybe a hayride through the countryside to complete the scene.


Tea of Knowledge


  • 2 oz chai infused cider (see below)
  • 1-1/2 oz Apple Brandy (Calvados or Laird’s)
  • 3/4 oz Bärenjäger honey liqueur
  • 1/2 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Lemon wheel for garnish


Combine chai infused cider, apple brandy, honey liqueur and lemon juice and stir with ice. Strain into a cocktail coupe or over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with lemon wheel.

To make the Hot Toddy – When the infusion is done and still hot, remove teabag and add remaining ingredients to the full 6 ounces of infusion. Garnish with lemon wheel and cinnamon stick. Serve immediately.


Chai Infused Cider


  • 6 oz apple cider
  • 1 chai teabag


Heat cider in microwave to near boiling. Steep tea for five minutes to make a strong infusion. Chill unless preparing for a Hot Toddy.

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