Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

  1. 8 star anise pods, finely crushed

  2. 1 teaspoon orange blossom water

  3. 1 vanilla pod (or 1 tablespoon vanilla extract)

  4. Pinch ground cloves

  5. Pinch ground cinnamon

  6. 1/2 cup loose Chinese black tea leaves

  7. 1 cup granulated sugar

  8. Few drops red food coloring

  9. Half-and-half or sweetened condensed milk

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Bring 1/2 gallon of cold water to a boil. Add 8 finely crushed star anise pods, 1 teaspoon orange blossom water, the scrapings of 1 vanilla pod or 1 tablespoon vanilla extract, a pinch each of ground cloves and ground cinnamon, and 1/2 cup Chinese black tea leaves.

  2. Boil for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and stir in 1 cup sugar and a few drops of red food coloring (optional, though traditional). Cover, steeping until tepid.

  3. Strain and pour the tea over plenty of crushed ice. Top with half-and-half or sweetened condensed milk.

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