Authentic Moroccan mint tea recipe is really hard to find. If you made some research on google, you probably found hundreds of recipes that claim to be authentic and traditional. Unfortunately, most of them are not and won’t let you obtain that Moroccan tea flavor most people cherish. If you had the chance to travel to Morocco and taste authentic Moroccan mint tea, you know what I mean.
While growing up in Morocco, Moroccan mint tea was part of my everyday life. It was the first thing we prepared to welcome guests or to chill, catch up and connect. In Morocco, mint tea was traditionally made by the head male in the family. Now things have changed and it is mostly the women who are in charge of making it. However, on special occasions or in traditional Moroccan families, Moroccan mint tea is still men’s specialty. They make it following a definite ceremony where they bring all the ingredients and equipment to the living room, chat with the guests while preparing the mint tea with great finesse. At least three glasses will be served, each one stronger than the previous one, as tea continues infusing. A saying in Morocco says that the first glass is as soft as life, the second as strong as love, and the last as bitter as death.
Easy and quick to make, very delicious and perfumed, most Moroccans enjoy Moroccan mint tea on a daily basis. Now that I grew up, just the smell of Moroccan mint tea makes me relax and be in a happy bubble.
How to make Moroccan Mint Tea? Moroccan Mint Tea Recipe
To make Moroccan mint tea recipe, you will need to follow a special technique and have special utensils and products. You can’t use any green tea or any teapot. You might think it’s hard to make, but I assure you it is not. As long as you get everything right (the right equipment, ingredients, and technique) you can make delicious Moroccan mint tea in less than 10 minutes.
Authentic Moroccan mint tea is very sweet, but you can adjust sugar quantity to match your taste and diet. Personally, I tend to cut sugar quantity by half and leave the classic sweet version to special occasions or when I have sweet cravings.
1- The right equipment
To make traditional Moroccan mint tea recipe, you will need either a Moroccan teapot or a heat-resistant teapot. The reason is simple: Moroccan mint tea is prepared by active infusion, which means it infuses in boiling water for many minutes. A regular teapot cannot support the stove hot temperatures and can break, so make sure you check this point.
The best would be to find a good quality Moroccan teapot. If you are traveling to Morocco, Moroccan teapots are one of the best local items to bring back home. Just make sure you choose your teapot wisely. If you are not planning on visiting Morocco soon, this Moroccan teapot is one I highly recommend. Authentic and with a very beautiful design (it looks SO much better in reality), you can also use it to infuse all your other teas and herbs.
2- The right ingredients
To make authentic Moroccan mint tea recipe, not every green tea will work. In Morocco, the tea used is the Chinese green Gunpowder loose tea. Whenever I go to Morocco I make sure I buy many boxes as it is so much affordable there, and whenever I run out, I purchase online this Chinese tea brand, the same Moroccans use.
Another important ingredient is the mint. I recommend using fresh mint brunches which need to be washed thoroughly before use. Moroccan people use a great quantity of mint and sometimes, they have to bend the branches and squeeze them to make them enter in the teapot. That’s how you get the strong minty flavor in Moroccan mint tea.
Moroccans love perfuming their Moroccan mint tea. For fancy occasions, they add orange blossom water and some pine nuts, while in the cold season, they add many herbs known for their warming properties, like Pennyroyal mint and absinthe.
In the recipe below, I will be using natural orange blossom water. I used many brands over the years and liked only a few. If you don’t know any good brand, here is the orange blossom water I am currently using and which I love.
You are all set! All you need now is follow Moroccan mint tea traditional technique to master making this delicious Moroccan beverage.
Moroccan Mint Tea Recipe
- May 29, 2018
- 4 Servings
- 10 min
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- 2 tbsp of Chinese green gunpowder tea leaves
- 5 branches fresh mint
- 3 cups of water
- 2 bombed tbsp of white sugar
- 1 tsp orange blossom water (optional)
- Step 1
- Put green tea leaves in the teapot (Moroccan teapot or heat-resistant teapot)
- Step 2
- Boil water then add 1 cup of the boiling water to the teapot
- Step 3
- Swish it around to clean the tea leaves to get rid of the strong and sour tea aroma. Pour water in the sink
- Step 4
- Add the remaining hot water to your teapot and tea leaves
- Step 5
- Add the sugar and place the teapot on the stove on medium heat. Let it boil for 1 to 3 minutes depending on how strong you like your tea
- Step 6
- Add the fresh mint branches and make sure they are all covered with water, otherwise they will turn black and will leave your tea with a bitter taste
- Step 7
- Let everything boil for another 2 to 3 minutes, until liquid starts foaming slightly
- Step 8
- Turn down immediately and take aside. If you are using a Moroccan teapot, be careful as it can get extremely hot. Make sure you wrap the handle with a cotton cloth
- Step 9
- Add the orange blossom water
- Step 10
- Moroccan Mint tea is best served hot