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Q: This weekend, I'm going on a road trip with my overbearing family. As if that isn't bad enough, I'm going to be stuck in a car with my aunt and her never-ending supply of bad jokes—and the provisions they're bringing don't exactly include beverages of the adult variety. This got me thinking that someone should make a cocktail called The Stowaway that will be a perfect addition to my travel thermos. Any suggestions?
Charles L., Hempstead, New York
A: We can't help you with the jokes. But maybe you'll crack a smile if there's booze at the ready. This hot, spiked chai drink will keep you nice and cozy during your autumn excursions and make her 10th bad punchline a little more tolerable. The cocktail has enough spice and citrus to soften the kick of the rum, so no one needs to know why you're giggling uncontrollably.
Recipe from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen
Yield: 1 cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
2 chai spice black tea bags
1 cinnamon stick
1¼ cups water, right off a boil
1½ ounces spiced rum
⅛ teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ ounce fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons honey
Add the tea bags and cinnamon stick to a thermos, then pour in the hot water. Add the rum, vanilla and lemon, and stir in the honey, allowing it to dissolve. Steep for 4 to 5 minutes before removing the tea bags. Sip away.
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