Chai

In Hindi, "chai" literally translates to "tea"—so don't order a "chai tea" in India unless you want a "tea tea"; just say chai. In the US, chai has become known as the spiced tea that contains satisfying notes of cinnamon and cardamom, but in India that's how all tea is prepared. Though chai can vary slightly from region to region, or based on personal preference, the basic ingredients are always the same: tea, milk, spices and sweetener. It's easy to make your own cup at home by following the recipe in Food & Wine's guide.

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What Is Chai and How to Make It

When you are saying "chai tea," you are basically saying, "tea tea."

Chai Latte

Tornado Steak House • Madison, WIGeneral manager Mel Trudeau and bar manager Rick Vanderheite infuse vodka and other spirits with fruit, herbs and spices to create seasonal cocktails like this wintry variation on a White Russian.Plus: Ultimate Cocktail Guide

Chai Spice Recipes

In the U.S., chai has become know as the tea flavor that incorporates satisfying notes of cinnamon and cardamom, but, in India, that's how all tea is prepared. Though chai can vary slightly from region to region—or based on personal preference—the basic ingredients are always the same: tea, milk, spices and sweetener. It's easy to make your own cup at home, but we also love to use this fragrant tea in sweet desserts and savory entrees. Here, our best recipes featuring chai.

Rooibus Chai

Rooibus chai leaves, which are grown in South Africa, resemble tea leaves but come from a different plant and don't have any tannins. They have recently made an appearance on store shelves here. You can substitute black tea in this recipe; add it during the last 5 minutes of simmering. More Brunch Recipes