Cinnamon-Star Anise Green Tea

Green tea pouring
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  • 15 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: Serve 2-4
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Reprinted with permission from Green Tea: 50 Hot Drinks, Cool Quenchers, and Sweet and Savory Treats​ by Mary Lou Heiss (Harvard Common Press, 2006).

What You'll Need

  • 2 tablespoons (8 grams) medium-size loose-leaf green tea or 4 green tea bags
  • one 5-inch cinnamon stick, broken into pieces
  • 8 whole star anise or 1 1/2 tablespoons broken star anise pieces
  • 4 cups boiling water

How to Make It

  1. Put the tea leaves or tea bags into a pre-warmed teapot and set aside.
  2. Put the cinnamon stick and star anise into a 4-cup heatproof measuring cup and add the boiling water. Stir to mix, then infuse for 2 minutes.
  3. Quickly pour the infusion into the teapot, straining carefully to keep the cinnamon and star anise from going into the teapot. Steep the tea in the spice infusion for 2 minutes.
  4. Strain the brewed tea into teacups and serve immediately.
    Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
    Calories 13
    Total Fat 0 g
    Saturated Fat 0 g
    Unsaturated Fat 0 g
    Cholesterol 0 mg
    Sodium 5 mg
    Carbohydrates 3 g
    Dietary Fiber 1 g
    Protein 1 g
    (The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)