Star Anise and Cinnamon Beer

  • Total: 1 hr 10 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Inactive: 1 hr
  • Cook: 5 min
  • Yield: 4 servings (5 1/2 cups)
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1 cup sugar

1 cup water

4 star anise pods

4 cinnamon sticks

3 (12-ounce) bottles lager beer, chilled (recommended: Heineken)


  1. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, water, star anise, and cinnamon sticks over medium heat. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved, about 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the syrup to cool, about 1 hour. Strain the syrup into a large pitcher and refrigerate until ready to serve. Slowly pour the beer into the pitcher. Stir and serve.
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