When I was travelling throughout Morocco back in September, I was fortunate to be taught by the locals how to make the Moroccan mint tea, in Marrakesh. Moroccan mint tea is one of my favourite drinks. I am a tea drinker and I especially love green tea and weight loss tea. Moroccan mint tea is quite unique as it is very sweet and deliciously flavoursome.
Moroccan-style mint tea is served all through North Africa (Maghreb). It is a popular drink not only at mealtimes but all through the day, and it is especially a drink of hospitality, commonly served to guests. The serving of mint tea can take a ceremonial form. Unlike North African food, cooked by women, this tea is traditionally a man’s affair.
- 1 litre of boiled water
- 2 tsp of green tea (ideally china loose rolled leaves, gunpower style)
- 1 large cup of fresh mint
- 8 to 10 tbsp sugar
- Add green tea leaves to a small Moroccan teapot and cover with about 250 ml of boiling water.
- Leave to brew for a few minutes.
- Remove the liquid from tea pot (‘tea spirit’) and keep it aside.
- Wash the tea leaves by adding another cup of boiled water to the tea pot. Mix around gently.
- Remove the liquid (don’t keep this one). Repeat. This process is to clear impurities from the tea.
- Once the mix has become clearer, add the ‘Tea Spirit’ back into the tea pot.
- Add sugar. LOTS of it. Cook the tea in the tea pot on medium heat (ideally using gas) until the leaves come to the surface.
- Remove from the heat before adding fresh mint directly into the tea pot.
- Serve into a small glass, from up high. Place the tea back into the tea pot (this helps to mix the sugar and mint flavour around).
- Serve and enjoy!