Chai means tea in many different languages. But the chai we see at our local cafes—the spice and black tea concoction served with steamed milk—originated in India and is better known as Masala Chai.
That’s where Dona Chai, made in Brooklyn, takes its inspiration. They freshly grind cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and black peppercorns then steep the spices with fresh ginger and loose leaf black tea. The mix melds together, the separate flavors of each ingredient blend into a concentrate that’s amazingly balanced and not heavy with spice or too tannic from the tea.
Mix with hot water or milk to create a chai experience at home better than any you’ll find in a cafe.