This chai-based bevvie is flavored with star anise, which not only has culinary uses but medicinal properties, too. Add vodka to make it boozy, or leave it out for a delicious mocktail.

Star anise, the star-shaped seed pod, is densely packed with polyphenols and flavinoids, and it contains a compound called linalool, noted for its antimicrobial activity against various pathogens.




  1. On a small, rimmed plate, combine coconut sugar and ground cinnamon. Using a small piece of parchment paper, rub butter around rims of 2 martini glasses. Holding each glass upside down, dip buttered rim into sugar mixture and twist until coated.
  2. In a small pot, bring almond milk, tea bags, honey and star anise to a simmer. Remove from heat, cover and let steep, about 10 minutes. Stir in vodka (if using).
  3. Strain and pour into prepared glasses. Garnish each with a cinnamon stick (if using).

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Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size ½ of recipe
  • Calories 70
  • Carbohydrate Content 15 g
  • Cholesterol Content 3 mg
  • Fat Content 2 g
  • Fiber Content 0 g
  • Protein Content 0 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 1 g
  • Sodium Content 56 mg
  • Sugar Content 13 g