Chai is steeped in history. The word 'chai' is actually the Hindi word for tea. It's defined as a mix of spices steeped in a tea-like beverage. Recipes for chai vary across continents, cultures, and even families but the traditional ingredients of a spiced tea usually include black tea mixed with spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, ginger and peppercorns. The spiced tea mixture is typically brewed strong with milk and sweetened with honey or sugar.