If you have the privilege of being able to visit Morocco you will quickly come to discover that the country is famous for one in particular drink, mint tea. Everywhere you go you will be offered traditional mint tea; whether it is upon arrival at your riad, while looking at rugs in the carpet shops, if you are invited into a local home, or after dinner, tea is everywhere.
The mint tea is often served from shiny silver or gold tea pots and poured into small glass tea cups. Sometimes the tea cups are simple with just an etched leaf pattern on the sides and other times they can be fancy, made of different colored glass. Mint tea is generally made with boiled water, fresh mint tea leaves, Chinese gunpowder tea, and lots of sugar. Sometimes all the mint leaves will be thrown into the pot to cook with the tea and other times you might find a sprig of mint in your cup. In a home often the woman of the house will pour the first glass of tea into one of the tea cups. She will then pour the tea back into the tea pot. She will do this two or three times and then pour just a tiny bit of tea into a glass swirl it around and taste it to make sure it is suitable for the guests and has enough sugar. If it tastes right she will proceed to pour tea into all the glasses holding the tea pot up high to create foam as it fills the glasses (the more foam in a glass the better) and finally will pass out the glasses of tea to be enjoyed by the guests.
A simple recipe for making your own Moroccan Mint Tea:
Ingredients you will need:
3-4 cups of water
1 heaping tablespoon of gunpowder tea (Chinese green tea)
3–6 generous tablespoons of sugar
4-6 sprigs of mint
Place 3 to 4 cups of water in a pot on the stove and bring water to a boil.
Place 1 tablespoon of gunpowder tea into the bottom of a teakettle or another pan. Add a small amount of boiled water to the gunpowder and swish around. Remove water from the teakettle or pan leaving behind the gunpowder tea. Add to the gunpowder 3 tablespoons of sugar and 3-4 sprigs of mint. Cover with the remaining boiled water.
Place teakettle or pan on stove and bring the tea to a boil. Once boiling remove from heat. Mix the tea by pouring first one glass of tea into a cup and returning it back to the teakettle and then repeating this step 2 or 3 times until mixed.
Serve and enjoy!