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Tequila Chai Hot Toddy – A Winter Cocktail

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Last Updated on December 6, 2023 by Leah Hall

A warm winter orange cocktail with spices from the chai tea and lemon are in this hot toddy!


Tequila is normally one of those spirits that you think about having while sitting on a warm sunny beach, but we have found it can be surprisingly delightful in a number of drinks that are perfect for a cold winter night. When the folks at Partida Tequila contacted us to send some samples of their Blanco tequila to try, we figured it would be a good chance to come up with a tequila orange cocktail recipe that would help warm up a few of the snowy nights we have recently had!

Tequila Hot Toddy in mugs with cinnamon sticks and wooden spoons

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How can you go wrong with a hot drink to warm up with, and a tequila hot toddy fits the bill. A Chai hot toddy would too, so we combined them!

Tequila Hot Toddy Cocktail in two mugs with wooden spoons, cinnamon sticks and orange in the background

Glass Coffee Mugs / Wooden Spoons / Star Anise / Cinnamon / CItrus Reamer

Hot Toddy

Partida Tequila is a craft tequila distillery owned by the family of Enrique Partida of Amatitan, Jalisco where they raise the blue agave used in their tequila.  Partida’s blanco is made from hand harvested fully mature blue agave imparting a richer flavor to the tequila.

Partida’s blanco is an un-aged tequila that has a nice herbal note with just a hint of citrus that was reminiscent of grapefruit, giving a slight bitter note that helped balance the sweet of agave sugars.Hints of vanilla, spice and an earthy mineral component that rounded out the citrus making this blanco a complex and flavorful spirit.

Tequila Hot Toddy Cocktail in two mugs with wooden spoons, cinnamon sticks and orange in the background

What Ingredients Needed in a Tequila Hot Toddy?

  • Tequila
  • Orange Juice
  • Water
  • Chai Tea
  • Honey

Tequila typically is mixed with lots of bright citrus, but it can also be amazing with some warm spices, especially if you have a tequila that has hints of vanilla and spice like the Partida blanco. We found a great hot chai to serve as our base, the cardamom and ginger, cinnamon and cloves all warming spices that complimented the vanilla and spice notes of the tequila.


A drizzle of Honey helps sweeten the drink and smooths out the bitter notes of the tea.  A splash of fresh squeezed orange juice finishes the drink with a nice fresh citrusy brightness. We hope this orange cocktail will help change your idea of tequila drinks and chase off the chill of winter!




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Tequila Chai Hot Toddy

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

A perfect cocktail for warming up with, winter spices and tequila.


Chai Tequila Hot Toddy

  • 4 oz hot water
  • 1 chai tea bag
  • 1 ounce tequila
  • 1.50 ounces orange juice
  • 1 Tablespoon honey


Pour hot water over tea bag. Let steep for 2 minutes.

Remove tea bag.

Add other ingredients and stir.


Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 154Total Fat: 0.2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 21.8gFiber: 0.1gSugar: 20.8gProtein: 0.4g

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Miss Angie (@MySoCalledChaos)

Tuesday 26th of January 2016

Yum. I'm a tequila fan, and this looks delish!

The 'Noms.

Wednesday 27th of January 2016

Thanks so much, Angie! We love it!


Tuesday 26th of January 2016

At first I thought the idea of this wasn't too appealing, then I made my favorite bartender make this last night and WOWZA. So delicious!!

Kam Kay

Monday 25th of January 2016

I'd totally try this minus tequila. Looks perfect for chilly weather!

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