Cinnamon-Star Anise Green Tea

Green tea pouring
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  • 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
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: Serve 2-4
Amount per serving
Calories 13
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 5mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Protein 1g
Calcium 59mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(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.