Have you joined those of us who are in love with chai tea? I first discovered chai tea many years ago, and it morphed to the top of my favorite tea list right away. It's fabulous, either hot or over ice.
In many parts of the world, "chai" is simply the word for tea, but here in the U.S., the term "chai" has become known for the traditional Indian tea called "Masala Chai."
Chai tea is sweet, spicy, creamy deliciousness. It is made from a combination of robust black tea and spices. The most popular spices include cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, nutmeg, and cloves.
Chai tea is traditionally brewed using warm water and warm milk. It is sweetened according to taste with either honey or sugar.
Here in my store, when I brew Masala Chai or any of the chai teas I carry, I brew the tea just like usual with water and then add milk or cream and honey or sugar. If you are going to try making chai tea at home, please don't skimp and use low-fat or skim milk. This will definitely affect the flavor and creaminess. For those who can't do regular dairy, you can use soy, almond, or coconut milk.
If you are lucky enough to live close to the store, please stop in and try a cup of my special "House Blended Chai." The house blend is made with a special family recipe and is available only by the cup here in the store. It's fabulous, and my customers rave about it!
I have other great chai tea options available if you want to try making chai at home. I have traditional Organic Masala Chai, Vanilla Chai, and Pumpkin & Spice Chai. If you prefer no caffeine, give Chai Rooibos or Coconut Vanilla Chai Rooibos a try.
As a happy side note, because of the tea and spices involved, chai tea may have benefits for heart health, digestion, controlling blood sugar levels, and more.