Where it's from: Assam
What it is: Because of Chai's believed medicinal qualities, it was discussed in books like Ramayana (a sanskrit epic poem) and used in Ayurveda well before it became the purview of mega latte chains. Make it simply by cooking tea leaves with water, sugar, and milk. Then spice it up!
- Tea leaves
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