what is chai tea

what is chai tea

What is Chai Tea?

Chai tea is cozy, warming and often enjoyed spiced. Chai is a traditional Indian tea that has became increasingly popular in western cultures, particularly as an alternative to coffee. Read on to find out what chai actually is and how to enjoy it.

What is chai made from?

At its simplest, chai is a blend of black tea and aromatic spices, usually:

  • Cinnamon
  • Cloves
  • Cardamom
  • Ginger
  • Black Pepper

This combination creates a robust infusion with intense, dreamy, spicy-sweet flavors and a heavy body. Chai is sometimes also referred to as masala chai, which means “spiced tea”.

Chai Tea History

Chai has its origins in Ayurvedic medicine. Ayurvedic practitioners believed that certain herbs and spices had the ability to heal physical and mental ailments. Chai’s hotter cousins, like Kashmiri chai and masala chai were likely consumed in the Royal palaces of India as a royal beverage.

How to make chai

Making a cup of chai is part formula, part art form. Generally, chai is made in two steps.

  • Spice-infuse a flavorful combination of tea with spices,
  • And mix it with hot, steamed milk.

If you’re feeling creative, you can also make it with almond, coconut or soy milk, or enjoy the tea on its own.

How to enjoy chai

Chai can be enjoyed at any time of day, but it’s particularly nice in the afternoon as a replacement for a regular cup of coffee, or after dinner. Chai is also perfect for cosy nights in – just add some marshmallows and a measure of whiskey and snuggle up on the sofa.


Chai is a comforting and flavorful tea made with a combination of black tea and spices that is the perfect replacement for coffee and ideal for cosy nights in. Not only will it warm you up, but it can offer some health benefits too. Enjoy!


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