Moroccan mint tea is a blend of Chinese gunpowder green tea with fresh mint to create the famously delicious Moroccan mint tea. This can be served hot or iced.
Moroccan mint tea is an epic brew with only four ingredients made from pantry staples. Deliciously brewed Chinese gunpowder green tea is blended with the freshness of mint and the sweetness of sugar all simmered together making the most incredible Moroccan Mint Tea. This is a brilliant and easy recipe to share with friends.
And that’s just what the Moroccans do. They’ve elevated the art of making this tea to a performance for their guests. The ceremony is the epitome of Moroccan elegance and it’s a gesture of hospitality extended through friendship and tradition.
The Moroccans have been brewing Moroccan Mint Tea since the 1860’s when British merchants first introduced Chinese gunpowder green tea.
The Moroccan teapot is beautiful, curvy and elegant with the perfect spout for that high ceremonial pour. Although it’s nice to have, especially when serving guests, it’s not essential to create this delightfully sweet and refreshing beverage.
Cooking with Alia is a website all about Moroccan cooking with this beautiful video on Moroccan Mint Tea prepared the traditional way. If you have 2.55 minutes watch it here.
A Quick and Easy Way to Brew Moroccan Mint Tea
I am going to show you a very simple and delicious way to make Moroccan Mint Tea but I wanted you to see how beautiful the ceremony is when traditionally made.
I brew mine on the stovetop in a spouted saucepan. I wouldn’t serve it this way of course. Once brewed, the tea can easily be transferred to any nice serving teapot.
The glasses, known as “keesan”, are another part of the entire tradition. Moroccan Mint Tea glasses are beautifully ornate and colorful. Again, use what you have on hand for an elegant presentation for your guests. These tea glasses from Adagio are beautiful for serving tea to guests.
For the most part, I am a black tea drinker. I was raised in a household that served the traditional British style of tea. But this tea, this Moroccan Mint Tea, takes tea to a whole new level. Yes, it’s sweet and I’m OK with that. But it’s also minty and pleasantly refreshing.
Moroccan Mint Tea is traditionally served hot, but I know this would make an amazing iced tea in the summertime.
Here is the recipe to create this delightfully sweet and refreshing beverage. Follow these simple steps and you will have the perfect Moroccan Mint Tea.
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Moroccan Mint Tea
Moroccan mint tea is a blend of Chinese gunpowder green tea with fresh mint to create the famous Moroccan mint tea.
- 4 cups filtered water
- 4 teaspoons Chinese gunpowder green tea leaves
- 4 Tablespoons pure cane sugar
- 6 sprigs mint leaves
Bring 4 cups of water to 195 ° F. Set aside.
Place the tea leaves and the mint leaves in a pot. Add the hot water and steep for 5 minutes.
Strain the tea into a saucepan and add the sugar. Stir and bring to a simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes. This caramelizes the sugar.
Remove from heat and pour the sweetened tea into a teapot for serving.
Pour into cups or decorative glasses.
To create a froth, pour from a height of 12 inches. Begin low and slowly raise the height of the teapot as you pour.
Garnish with mint and enjoy.
Three Ways To Make Moroccan Mint Tea
I made the Moroccan Mint Tea three different ways:
- The traditional ceremonial method as shown in the video.
- The simple brew with fresh mint leaves, which is the recipe I’ve included here.
- If the first two methods are too time-consuming for you, or you just want a quick cup of Moroccan Mint Tea, you can buy Moroccan Mint Tea already blended for you from The Tea Spot.
I received samples of this tea and it is delicious. It’s a nice balanced blend without any bitterness or overpowering mint flavor.
You can also buy the Chinese gunpowder green tea by itself if you prefer to make your own with fresh mint.
Gunpowder Green Tea
Chinese gunpowder green tea is an even rolled, pellet-shaped leaf with a smooth, nutty flavor. During production, gunpowder green tea is heated in a tumbler, which gives it the pellet shape resembling gunpowder, hence the name. Tumble drying is a common firing practice in the production of moderate to high-quality tea.
Of all the green teas, the sweet robust flavor of gunpowder tea is the most liked. It is easy to brew and very forgiving, tolerating a range of water temperatures without turning bitter. The pellet shape allows it to retain its fresh flavor better. Green tea is one of the six classifications of tea.
Benefits of Mint Tea
- Mint has long been used to calm the digestive tract. It calms the muscles of the digestive tract and improves the flow of bile from the gallbladder, which helps the body digest fats.
- For this reason, mint is often used for indigestion and irritable bowel syndrome.
- Mint tea is often also used for colds and coughs to thin mucous and relieve a stuffy nose.
- Green tea has many known health benefits, including powerful antioxidants.
- Some studies have shown that green tea increases metabolism, helps with weight loss and reduces bad cholesterol.
- The Top 10 Health Benefits of Tea has more information on the benefits of tea.