Top Rated Star Anise Recipes

Festive Margarita
Are you a Qdoba lover? Then this margarita is perfect for you. This recipe comes from Ted Stoner, head chef at Qdoba Mexican Grill, who travels throughout Mexico and the U.S. gaining inspiration for many of the dishes he creates. The Grill, founded in Denver in 1995, is among North America’s largest Mexican fast-casual chains, with more than 600 restaurants in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada. This festive margarita is a beautiful red color that has a great kick from unexpected chili powder. Try this for an unexpected twist on a typically sweeter margarita.
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Game of Thrones Old Fashioned
Sip on this spiced, rich cocktail while watching your favorite Game of Thrones characters defend The Wall.This recipe is courtesy of Tad Carducci of Tippling Bros.
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4.5

Tequila Don Julio’s ‘Abuela’s Old Fashioned’
This year, truly celebrate Mexican heritage with the plant that started it all, the agave. Whether you’re partial to a crisp, classic blanco, a rich reposado, or a spicy añejo, Tequila Don Julio has got you covered.Crafted by Miami Mixologist Eddie Fuentes, the below recipe highlights the agave and fresh flavors in Tequila Don Julio in new and unexpected ways. Serving this specialty cocktail made with only the best ingredients will impress friends and add an authentic feel to the festivities.“The sweet buñuelo syrup, made with cinnamon and vanilla, pairs deliciously with Tequila Don Julio Reposado’s intense cooked agave finish.” 
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4.5

Oh the weather outside is still freaking frightful, and we don't have the pleasantries of the holidays anymore to keep us warm. Good thing there's a warming, gin cocktail, to make us forget that it's still winter. Made by John McCarthy, bartender at New York City's Mulberry Project, the Winter Warmer is in fact "red hot," thanks to a honey syrup infused with cinnamon sticks, dried chiles, and dried ginger. McCarthy recommends mixing honey with warm water and the ingredients (dried ingredients, rather than fresh chiles and ginger, will last longer), and infuse it for three days.
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4.4

Crawfish Stew with Cinnamon and Star Anise
Sweet, spicy notes of cinnamon and star anise permeate the broth for this delicious crawfish stew that gets thickened at the end with a cold, dark roux for the perfect consistency. If you want to turn up the heat level, feel free to add Tabasco to your heart's desire. Click here to see Mardi Gras: The Feast Before the Fast.
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Apple Pie with Star Anise Brown Butter
Fall may just be my favorite time of year. I can’t tell you how much I look forward to that first cool breeze, the leaf change and, of course... apple picking! Yes, a beautiful, clear fall day driving out to a farm to pick apples is perfection for me. Now, the reality is, once you get out amongst the orchards, apple picking turns to sport. And you can’t help but go a bit loony and bring back a quantity of apples that most normal people couldn’t consume in a year. I end up making pies, apple butter, and chutneys until I can’t look at another apple for a year, and this was no exception. I went in on some Red Delicious, Idareds, and Mushus, and this pie was the (necessary) result. The star anise infuses the brown butter, and that fragrant nuttiness complements the light, licorice-like flavor of the spice. In combination with cinnamon, nutmeg, and a rich vanilla bean, the pie has a complexity that still doesn’t take away from the simplicity of the apple pie itself — that traditional apple flavor and buttery, flaky crust. I love to make the crust from scratch, but feel free to use your own recipe here or go ready-made. The filling could not be more simple, and this is now my go-to apple pie... Enjoy! Click here to see 7 Must-Have Spices.    Click here to see 15 Classic Comforting Foods
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WTRMLN WTR
A fruity fall cocktail that won’t completely dehydrate you. Using WTRMLN WTR, you will have a refreshing drink that doubles as a cocktail. With whiskey, red vermouth, and a dash of pumpkin spice, you can't go wrong.
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Not that we don't love combining all of our shots with Thanksgiving entrées, but sometimes you just need a shot of pure tequila goodness. New York mixologist Leo Robitschek shares his tequila shot to get us even more in the spirit of the holidays; this infused batch of Jalisco will put everyone at the dinner table in a good mood. 
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The apple cider and star anice in this cocktail are classic Thanksgiving flavors.
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Cranberry-Clementine Chutney
Instead of making cranberry sauce this Thanksgiving make cranberry and clementine chutney. It pairs really well with Thanksgiving turkey. 
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Gin-loving guests will appreciate this riff on the traditional holiday egg nog. 
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Rum is so summer-season. Break your New Year’s resolution in serious style with this indulgent treat.
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3.5