Cinnamon-Star Anise Green Tea

Green tea pouring
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Ratings (6)
  • Total: 15 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Yield: Serve 2-4
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
13 Calories
0g Fat
3g Carbs
1g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Reprinted with permission from Green Tea: 50 Hot Drinks, Cool Quenchers, and Sweet and Savory Treats​ by Mary Lou Heiss (Harvard Common Press, 2006).


  • 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

Steps 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.