Spice up your tea with a hint of anise. Once you know how to make anise tea, you’ll find it a nice way to add variety to your tea break. This is a quick and easy recipe to add a little extra to your regular or decaffeinated tea. The anise seed gives even the most ordinary tea an extra bit of flavor. I find this recipe a good way to make use of some tea that is not as fresh or flavorful as I would like. Anise adds a licorice flavor. Anise tea is actually a mix of equal amounts of tea and anise flavored water. You can use any type of tea, black tea is traditional but both black tea and green tea are good.
Ingredients for Anise Tea
- 2 teaspoons whole anise seed
- 2 cups boiling water
- 2-3 cups of tea, average strength
Boil two cups of freshly drawn water. Add 2 teaspoons of whole anise seed and boil 10 minutes. While anise seeds are boiling prepare 2-3 cups of average strength black tea steeping 5-7 minutes. Remember if using green tea steeping time is 3- 4 minutes. Time this so that as anise brew is finishing your tea is ready. Strain anise seeds out of the anise brew pouring the anise brew into tea. Discard the anise seeds. Mix your brewed tea and anise brew and serve. Makes about 4 servings.