Here’s my recipe for a warm & delicious holiday beverage:

The Drink

  • 5 oz “Tea”
  • 5 oz Whole Milk
  • 3/4 shot Rum
  • 3/4 shot Maple Syrup

When I switched from Whaler’s Dark Rum to Kraken Black Spiced Rum the popularity of this drink went through the roof! I’m not really sure if Kraken is that much better than Whalers, or if people just really like putting on fake Scottish accents and saying Kraken! really loudly. Either way, the Kraken makes it!

The Tea

So, what’s the “tea” part? Basically it’s:

  • 1/2 Chai
  • 1/2 Mate (roasted)
  • plus other stuff

My current favorite Chai is “Chai Tea” from San Francisco Herb
My current favorite Mate is “Mate Carnival” from Chado Tea

The Other Stuff

So, what’s the other stuff? Really, just throw in any/every-thing that inspires you:

  • Cloves
  • Cardamom
  • Cinnamon (I like Cinnamon chips from San Francisco Herb)
  • Anise
  • Licorice
  • Peppermint

The Blend

  1. Make “Tea”
  2. Heat Milk
  3. Mix 50/50
  4. Add 3/4 shot Rum
  5. Add 3/4 shot Maple Syrup
  6. Finish with whipped cream on top. Chocolate whipped cream is a nice touch!

Intensify or Modify

  • Increase or decrease the amount of rum. Or for non-alcoholic, just skip it.
  • Increase or decrease the amount of maple syrup.
  • For vegan, replace whole milk with soy or almond milk.
  • For vegan, replace whipped cream with something like So Delicious Coco Whip


  • 130°F / 54°C – I personally prefer a cooler drink
  • 150°F / 66°C – Best average temperature for most peeps
  • 170°F / 77°C – Some people, my mom for example, like it really hot!
a bottle of Kraken Rum, a bottle of Maple Syrup, and two shot glasses, each with one of the liquids in it
Spiced Black Rum & Amber Maple Syrup


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