How to Make Moroccan Mint Tea

How to Make Moroccan Mint Tea

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.

This cherished brew is steeped in history and tradition, a testament to Morocco's renowned hospitality and rich cultural tapestry. Here, mint tea isn't just a drink; it's a profound symbol of friendship and respect.

Whether welcoming neighbors and friends into your home, haggling at a souk, or enjoying a roadside pit stop, the meticulous preparation, serving, and savoring of Moroccan mint tea transcends mere refreshment and becomes a ritual in its own right.

Introduced to Morocco in the 18th century, the practice of tea drinking was reputedly brought by the British, who were seeking markets for their surplus of Chinese green tea. Moroccans quickly embraced the tea but made it their own by adding locally grown mint and a generous amount of sugar, transforming it into a drink that could refresh and revive even in the heat of North Africa.

Over time, it has become a cornerstone of Moroccan hospitality, often served three times to guests, with each glass varying in strength and flavor, reflecting the saying:

"The first glass is as gentle as life, the second is as strong as love, and the third is as bitter as death."

As with all countries, there are different regional variations of mint tea, each reflecting the unique characteristics and preferences of the area. But here’s our basic Moroccan mint tea recipe that captures the essence of this beloved beverage:

How to Make Moroccan Mint Tea

  1. Arrange some small tea glasses on a tray.
  2. Mix 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!)
  3. Pour hot water (see tea label for temperature) into the pot and let the tea infuse for several minutes.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Learn more about other unique tea drinks from around the world here.

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