Except you’re in India and you want it with a spiced twist.
So you order what James Bond would if he were solving an international mystery on the beaches of South Mumbai – the chai martini.
You take a sip and that chilled deliciousness hits your lips, but this time the taste is slightly more familiar going down. The recognizable blend of cardamom, fennel, cinnamon and cloves combine with vodka to give you the best of East and West poured straight into a martini glass.
Depending on your preference for flavor and time constraints – after all sometimes a martini is called for in the moment – you may want to try one or all of the recipes below.
Prep time on your hands? Make this Chai Vodka and store to pour straight or mix with your choice of juice and mint to garnish.
700ml good quality vodka
2 cinnamon sticks
20 green cardamom pods, lightly crushed
Pour the vodka into a clean 1 liter glass bottle or jar. Add in all the spices and seal. Place in a cool, dark place overnight. The next day, strain the infused vodka back into its original bottle, seal and use liberally and often. (Courtesy of Indian Superfood.)
No time on your hands?
Take 2 fluid ounces vodka and 2 fluid ounces cold chai tea (You can leave out the milk if preferred)
Pour the vodka and chai into a cocktail shaker over ice. Cover, and shake until the outside of the shaker has frosted. Strain into a chilled martini glass to serve.
However you choose to prep it, remember it’s better shaken, not stirred – unless you’re like Daniel Craig and you just don’t give a damn.
See what we mean: