In many languages, "chai" simply refers to tea, but in India, chai is a blend of milk, tea, spices and sweetener. This beverage is generally called a chai tea latte in American cafes and restaurants. If you enjoy this creamy, spiced tea, you can easily make it at home with basic ingredients.
Place a saucepan over medium heat and add a cup of water for each chai tea latte you're preparing.
Stir in a few pinches of cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg -- and other spices if you wish -- with the water. Continue stirring the liquid until it comes to a boil.
Boil the water for up to 10 minutes; the longer you allow it to boil, the more powerful the flavor of the spices and tea will become.
Remove the saucepan from the heat and add a teabag containing strong, black tea for each latte you're preparing. Let the tea steep for 5 to 10 minutes, depending how strong you would like the chai, and then discard the teabags.
Add honey, brown sugar or your choice of sweetener to taste -- you can always add more after serving the latte. Stir in a splash of vanilla extract with the sweetener if you would like to add richer flavor to your latte.
Slowly pour milk into the saucepan of tea, stirring the entire time to prevent curdling. Add between 1/4 and 1/2 cup of milk per latte.
Pour the chai tea latte mixture into mugs carefully, and serve it immediately. Add more spices, sweetener or milk after serving the chai tea latte if desired.