What is Chai Tea, and How Can SomruS Make it Better?

Chai is a tricky word. ‘Cha’ or ‘chai’ simply means ‘tea’ throughout a number of Asian countries. But that’s not what you’re going to get if you order a medium chai at your corner coffee shop. So where did the disconnect happen between normal tea and the delicious, sweet creamy concoction that you’re used to enjoying?

Tea wasn’t very popular throughout India until the mid-20th century, but once it caught on, it got popular in a big way. Indians adopted the British-style of enjoying tea as well, adding milk and sweetener. Now everyone knows that cream and sugar are delicious, so many of India’s tea-drinkers started adding more milk and sweetener than the British might conventionally consider proper, as well as introducing additional spices. No one has ever accused India’s cuisine for being shy on spice, so it’s only fair that tea would get the same treatment. This spiced, sweet and creamy tea beverage became known as Masala chai, which literally translates in Hindi to “mixed-spice tea.”

Masala chai is what you currently get at the popular coffee shops when you order a chai. There’s no set recipe for it, and the spices traditionally include green cardamom, ginger, cloves and even peppercorn. But again, it’s India, so there are a LOT of spice variations. You could mess around with recreating it at home, or buy a concentrate additive or even special “chai tea pouches,” but luckily, we have a simpler recipe.


  • 2 oz. SomruS
  • 6 oz. any tea (except for citrus—cream and citrus don’t mix)

And that’s it—instant chai with a delightful adult beverage kick. SomruS is an all-natural, sweet cream liqueur flavored with cardamom, saffron, pistachios, almonds and rose. These are all flavors perfectly suited to creating amazing Masala chai with the added benefit of a little tipsy fun. It’s basically the perfect way to relax.