Moroccan Mint Tea Recipe

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This mint tea recipe is fragrant, smooth and refreshing and it is the true expression of the Moroccan hospitality, friendship and tradition.

The curvy, shiny and beautiful Moroccan teapot, or Berrad – is an important piece in every Moroccan home. If you don’t have a Moroccan teapot, just use a small tea sifter when pouring the tea from a regular teapot. Moroccan tea glasses are usually small, handleless and colourful.

Making the tea is a traditional process, you cannot cut corners or rush. I’ve tried to be as clear as possible since there are quite a few steps.

Mint Tea | Karoliina Kazi

Moroccan Mint Tea Recipe Method

Boil about 5 cups of water (I used a kettle)

Add 1 tablespoon of Chinese Special Gunpowder Green Tea to the pot (or according to the size of your pot, mine makes about 6 small cups)

Mint Tea | Karoliina Kazi

Add 1 cup of boiling water to the teapot and let the tea steep for about 30 seconds. Then empty the tea into a teacup. Set aside for later. The first cup is very important, as it contains the essence of the tea flavour.

Mint Tea | Karoliina Kazi

Next, add another cup of boiling water to your teapot. This time swish the water around inside the teapot in a circular motion – then pour into another teacup and discard. This process cleanses the tea and helps remove the strong bitterness of the flavour. You can see the difference between the two in the picture above.

Mint Tea | Karoliina Kazi

Now, it is time to make the tea. Add 2-3 tablespoons of sugar and a large bunch of fresh mint leaves to your teapot. Short, curly mint with red stalks are traditionally used, but spearmint can be substituted.

You can, of course, adjust the sweetness to your taste – we like it sweet! Also, add the first cup of tea that you set aside – this will strengthen the flavour.

Now, fill your teapot with water.

Mint Leaves in Marrakech | Karoliina Kazi

Mint for sale in Marrakech.

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Place the teapot on the stove over medium heat and bring it to simmer. This gives the tea it’s distinct flavour and helps the sugar to caramelise. After about 5 minutes, remove from heat and pour a glass of tea – be careful not to burn your fingers as the teapot will be hot!

Now, it’s not the time to drink your tea just yet – pour the cup back into the teapot. This is a step to cool the tea down and mix everything together. You can repeat this step two or three times.

Mint Tea | Karoliina KaziTraditional and refreshing Moroccan Mint Tea Recipe | Karoliina Kazi

Now, your tea is ready to enjoy. However be sure to lift the teapot high above the cup while pouring; Moroccans appreciate the way this aerates the tea and they always pour with great panache. The Moroccan teapot also has the perfect shape to deliver this long pour.

Hope you enjoy!

9 Comments

  1. 27th October 2016 / 9:25 am

    Hem that´s looks great. I love Maroccans tea as well, they really aromatic and tasted so decent.
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. 27th October 2016 / 5:41 pm

    I love all thing Arabic. Those glasses are so stunning. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  3. 27th October 2016 / 10:22 pm

    This looks really good. I love all sorts of tea, would love to try this at some point. Usually when I make tea it’s way more ‘basic’ than this.

  4. 28th October 2016 / 4:10 am

    Would really like to try out this tea recipe. Looks good. I love the glasses as well. They are so beautiful.

  5. 28th October 2016 / 11:08 am

    I love the little glasses you’re using for the tea 🙂 and i’ve never made morrocan mint tea before but i have got a box of morrocan mint teabags in my cupboard and i love it 🙂 thanks for sharing the recipe with us 🙂

  6. 28th October 2016 / 8:36 pm

    This post has made me miss Morocco so much! I’m glad I got a teapot and glasses when I was there, but I still haven’t made proper Moroccan tea like this

  7. 26th May 2017 / 9:35 am

    That looks wonderful would love to give it a try. What a great thing to share with others. Love the glasses as well. Thank you so much for sharing.

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