Chai (which translates to “tea”) is as ubiquitous in India as lattes in the United States. Traditionally mixed with milk and served either hot or cold, Masala chai—as it’s more appropriately dubbed—employs a variety of warming spices, making it a perfect match for the crisp days of fall and winter. Here are five to try.
In Pursuit of Tea’s Crimson Chai
A caffeine-free blend of Indian spices and South African rooibos, this lovely mix is flavored with allspice, fennel and cardamom. $15.75, inpursuitoftea.com
Prana Chai Masala Blend
Made from all natural ingredients, this chai is blended in Melbourne, Australia. Creamy and cardamom-forward, the blend has a ribbon of honey bringing sweetness to the mix. Try mixing the blend directly with almond milk for a concentrated flavor. $20, pranachai.com
Rishi Chocolate Chai
The bitterness of dandelion root is balanced by subtle touches of sweet chocolate and coconut in this flavorful blend, which includes sarsaparilla and licorice root. $15, rishi-tea.com
Teapigs Chilli Chai
With a base of Assam tea, this chai combines a kick of chili spice with vanilla, ginger, cardamom and cinnamon. Try it with a touch of honey. $10, teapigs.com
Townshend’s Bond Street Chai
This caffeine-free tea combines rooibos, vanilla bean, clove, cardamom, peppercorn, cacao and carob. It’s smooth and spicy with a bittersweet backbone. $4 per oz., townshendstea.com
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