Alia’s Tips: How to Make Moroccan Mint Tea!

Hi this is Alia and today’s tip is from my grandmother: how to make Moroccan Mint tea!

Ingredients

  • 3-4 cups of water
  • 1 tablespoon dried tea leaves (“special gunpowder”)
  • 2-3 tablespoons sugar
  • Large bunch of fresh min

Directions

1- First, please meet the Moroccan tea pot. It is a super important piece in every Moroccan home. It’s beautiful, curvy, and shiny – the perfect tea pot!
2- If you look inside the teapot you will see these tiny holes that filter the tea when pouring it. So if you don’t have a Moroccan tea pot, just use a small tea sifter when pouring the tea from a regular tea pot.
3- Boil water.
4- Add 1 tablespoon of dried green tea to the pot. You can use the green tea of your choice; in Morocco we mostly use Chinese green tea also called “special gunpowder”.
5- Add 1 cup of boiling water to the teapot and swish around. Pour the water into a cup and set aside. We are going to reuse this first cup as it contains the core tea flavor.
6- Add another cup of boiling water to the teapot and swish around. Pour the water into a cup and this time you can discard it. This step is to clean the loose tea.
7- Add a large bunch of mint leaves and 2-3 tablespoons of sugar to the teapot. Yes, Moroccan Mint tea is very sweet and is usually served at the end of a meal, kind of a dessert. You can of course adjust the sweetness to your taste.
8- Pour the cup of tea-flavored water that you kept on the side back in the teapot. Then add more boiling water. This should be around 3-4 cups of water.
9- Place the teapot on the stove, and, on medium heat, bring the tea to a boil. 10- This is an important step as it allows the sugar to caramelize and give Moroccan tea its special flavor.
11- Before serving, mix all the ingredients by pouring tea into a glass and then pouring it back into the teapot.
12- And that’s it, pour the tea high above the glass to get that special Moroccan Mint team foam.
13- This glass if of course for me!
Bonne appétit!