Star Anise Milk

February  6, 2018
4 Ratings
Photo by Bobbi Lin
  • Makes 2 small servings, or 1 full mug
Author Notes

Star anise, a licorice-flavored spice from Southeast Asia, is thought to be beneficial for digestion (reduces bloating, stomach pain, and, um, flatulence), which makes this a nice accompaniment to a morning plate of bread and cheese. Try it—it's delicious!

This recipe comes from my cookbook Dutch Feast.

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What You'll Need
  • 1 1/2 cups (375 ml) whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon molasses
  • 2 whole star anise
  1. In a pot on medium heat, warm milk, molasses, and star anise until mixture just comes to a boil, about 7 minutes, whisking constantly. If the milk becomes frothy and attempts to boil over, remove from heat. Pour into teacups or a mug and serve hot.

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5 Reviews

Zach N. February 7, 2018
Made this just now -- beautiful and on point for a post-dinner mood!

I agree with the other comment, that pot is beautiful. Looks to be a retro ceramic pot from a few decades ago, in really good condition of course. Would love to know where you got it from!
Nikkitha B. February 8, 2018
It's a popular one! We will have more in stock next month. Here's the link:
Zach N. February 8, 2018
Haha, our anise milk has gotta look good just as well it tastes amazing!

Thanks :D
rosemary |. February 7, 2018
Seems as though this would be delicious and soothing ...especially on a cold winter evening. Thanks for this. Can't wait to try it. And, btw, I'm in love with the warming pot featured in the photo! Is that a FOOD52 item?
Nikkitha B. February 8, 2018
Hi Rosemary, it is! But out of stock until next month. Be sure to check back: