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.
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)
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.
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.
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 for sale in Marrakech.
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.
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!