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INGREDIENTS
—1 oz. H by Hine Cognac
—1 oz. Avuá Amburana Cachaca
—.75 oz. masala chai syrup
—1 oz. whole milk
—1/2 oz. heavy cream 

DIRECTIONS
Add all ingredients to a shaker full of ice. Shake vigorously until well combined. Double strain the drink in an old-fashioned glass full of fresh ice. Garnish with freshly ground nutmeg.

Courtesy of OUTPOST

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