Considered the national drink of Morocco, mint tea – a brew of Chinese green tea, mint leaves and sugar – is as delicious as it is iconic. Whether welcoming friends into your home, haggling at a souk or enjoying a roadside pit stop, the preparation, serving and drinking of Moroccan mint tea is both a refreshment and a ritual. Learn how to make it for yourself with this step-by-step guide.
As with all countries, there are different regional variations of mint tea. But here’s our basic Moroccan mint tea recipe.
How to Make Moroccan Mint Tea
- Arrange some small tea glasses on a tray.
- Mix some Chinese green tea (Moroccans typically use a gunpowder green tea) with fresh or dried mint leaves and at least 2 teaspoons of sugar in a metal or stainless steel tea pot. (Yes, they like their tea sweet!)
- Pour hot water (see tea label for temperature) into the pot and let the tea infuse for several minutes.
- Pour the tea from a height of about 12 inches above the glasses. (This may take some practice, but the effect is well worth it!) This will create a frothy brew.
- Garnish with fresh mint leaves. Enjoy!
Fun fact: This type of tea is also known as Maghrebi tea and is drunk throughout the region of northwest Africa, including Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya and Mauritania.
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