Masala Tea named second best non-alcoholic drink in the world

Mexico's Aguas Frescas ranks on the top in the list of non-alcoholic drink.

Monalika Medatwal

Tea cultivation is believed to have originated in ancient China, with legends dating back to around 2737 BCE, where Emperor Shen Nong discovered tea when tea leaves fell into his boiling water. The practice of tea cultivation then spread to other parts of Asia. The tea plant, Camellia sinensis, was cultivated and processed in various ways to create different types of tea.

The Masala chai has been awarded the title of the second-best non-alcoholic drink in the world in 2023. TasteAtlas, an encyclopedia of traditional dishes, local ingredients, and authentic restaurants from around the world – has revealed the world’s most loved alcohol-free beverages . Additionally, it claimed the top spot in the “Best Foods and Drinks in India” category, underscoring its significant role in Indian cuisine and culture. Mexico’s Aguas Frescas ranks on the top in the list of non-alcoholic drink.

In an announcement, the food guide provided a description of Chai Masala, describing it as an aromatic beverage with origins in India. It is prepared by blending sweetened black tea with milk and spicing it up with a mix of spices, typically including cardamom, ground ginger, cloves, cinnamon, and black peppercorns.

The origin of Masala Chai was a topic of discussion with the guide noting its connection to the British tea trade during the 19th century. At that time, as the post explained, the Chinese had a monopoly on the tea trade, leading the British to explore other markets to meet the high demand for black tea, which was a popular choice among Europeans.

Masala Chai goes beyond being a simple beverage; it offers a sensory journey to the lively streets of India. Its rich flavors, enticing aromas, and cultural significance make it a beloved drink among tea enthusiasts worldwide.

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