How to Make Moroccan Mint Tea Recipe: Ingredients & Ceremony

moroccan mint tea

How to Make Moroccan Mint Tea Recipe: Ingredients & Ceremony

The traditional Moroccan Mint tea recipe is probably the most requested recipe on moroccanzest, and I get it! This sweet, extra-fragrant tea is a hug to the soul. The good news is that the steps to make this delicious mint tea are easy and the ingredients are very simple. You will be amazed at the deliciousness you will be able to create.

Growing up in Morocco, Moroccan mint tea was part of my everyday life, like the majority of Moroccans. It’s the symbol of family and friend gatherings and the first thing prepared to welcome guests. The smell of this sweet aromatic tea announces happy moments with dear ones.

Making delicious Moroccan mint tea comes down to using specific tea leaves and mint leaves, and a specific type of teapot. It might seem complicated but it’s really not. I will go over everything you need to know in this article.

Moroccan mint tea

 Once you make a hot cup of Moroccan mint tea for your family and friends, I can assure you that they will long for your invitations as your mint tea will taste like being on vacation in Morocco!

Moroccan mint tea party

A typical Moroccan gathering where Moroccan mint tea and pastries are served to welcome guests (picture taken in 1983, Fez, Morocco) | Credits: Bruno Barbey

Moroccan Mint Tea Ceremony

In old Morocco – and still today in traditional Moroccan families -, the family head male was the person in charge of making Moroccan mint tea. He would prepare it with great care following a definite ceremony.

The ceremony starts with bringing the equipment and ingredients to the living room in a large artisanal silver tray. The tea is prepared while chatting and entertaining the guests, At least three glasses will be served, each one stronger than the previous one as tea continues infusing. According to a Moroccan saying the first glass of Moroccan mint tea is as soft as life, the second as strong as love, and the last as bitter as death.

Moroccan mint tea ceremony & ingredients

The Art of Pouring Moroccan Mint Tea

If you already had mint tea in Morocco or in a traditional Moroccan restaurant, you probably noticed the tea is poured from a height.

pouring Moroccan mint tea from a hight

Pouring Moroccan mint tea from a height is an important part of the Moroccan tea ceremony. The higher the tea is poured, the more foam you will get on top of your drink adding more texture and flavor to your tea.

What is Traditional Moroccan Mint Tea Made of?

To make Moroccan mint tea, the only ingredients you will need are gunpowder loose tea, a generous amount of fresh mint leaves, a few aromatics (optional), and sugar. 

Traditional Moroccan mint tea is very very sweet. If you are on a special diet, I would recommend using a less-sweet version – it will still be super tasty and fragrant!- and leaving the sweet traditional version when your diet allows you to, or when you are having guests over. The recipe I will share below is the traditional recipe, so it will have the traditional sweetness. So please feel free to adjust sugar quantities to your diet and preference.

What Teapot to Use for Moroccan Mint Tea?

To make traditional Moroccan mint tea, you will need a traditional Moroccan teapot. This teapot is a must as it is heat resistant, which is essential given the fact that Moroccan mint tea is prepared by active infusion (the tea leaves infuse in boiling water for a few minutes).

I recommend looking for a high-quality Moroccan teapot that was handmade in Morocco. It will be of the highest quality and it will age beautifully, The patina will look better, day after day. You can use it to make Moroccan mint tea but also any other teas or infusions. This beautiful Moroccan tea set has been made artisanally in Morocco and is of high quality. The reviews speak by themselves!

What Kind of Tea is Used for Moroccan Mint Tea?

The tea used to make authentic Moroccan mint tea is the Chinese green gunpowder loose tea. It’s what gives mint tea the best results.

What Kind of Mint is Used for Moroccan Tea?

The mint used in traditional Moroccan mint tea is spearmint, also called Nana Mint. This mint variety brings a strong flavor and delicate sweetness. If you can’t find spearmint in your local store, no worries, you can use other mint varieties and your Moroccan mint tea will still be delicious! Don’t forget to wash the brunches thoroughly before use.

moroccan mint tea

Moroccan people use a generous quantity of mint and sometimes, they have to bend the branches and squeeze them to make them enter the teapot. Be generous with your mint, that’s how you’ll get the strong minty flavor of Moroccan mint tea.

How to Flavor Moroccan Mint Tea?

Moroccans love to flavor their Moroccan mint tea. While the basic Moroccan mint tea is a go-to drink for every day, Moroccans like to add herbs, spices, and aromatics on special occasions or to get some health benefits.

As an example, during the cold season, Moroccans tend to add herbs known for their warming properties, like a variety of Pennyroyal mint and absinthe.

On special occasions like engagement parties and marriages, the most used herbs and spices are rosebuds, verbena, and/or cinnamon. They are known for enhancing the mood, and encouraging a more relaxed and joyful gathering.

Authentic Moroccan Mint Tea Recipe

Authentic Moroccan mint tea recipe using gunpowder tea, fresh mint and aromatics. Every sip will taste like being on vacation in Morocco!
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Servings: 4
Calories: 23kcal
Cost: 0.3

Ingredients

  • 4 branches Fresh mint
  • 2 tbsp White sugar adjust to taste and diet
  • 3 cups Water

Instructions

  • Put the green tea leaves in your teapot.
  • Boil water in a separate kettle.
  • Once water is boiling, pour 1 cup of water in your teapot and swish it around a few times to clean the tea leaves. This helps get rid of tea's strong and sour flavors.
  • Pour that water in the sink through the teapot spout.
  • Now that your tea leaves are clean and the flavors milder, pour the remaining boiling water in the teapot. Don't fill the teapot to the brim keeping one inch space. Add the sugar.
  • Position the teapot on the stove. Turn the heat to medium and let boil for 1 to 3 minutes depending on how strong you like your tea. Also, the more you boil your tea the more caffeine content you will get.
  • Add mint (fresh or dried) and make sure it is all covered with water, otherwise, it may leave your tea with a bitter taste. If you are using fresh mint branches and they don't fit in the teapot, you can bend them.
  • Let everything boil for another 1 to 2 minutes, until liquid starts foaming slightly.
  • Turn the heat off. Be careful as your teapot can get extremely hot, so make sure you wrap the handle with a cotton cloth.
  • Add the orange blossom water or other aromatics.
  • Serve hot with some cookies, pastries or biscuits.

Nutrition

Calories: 23kcal
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thinking about Morocco

Rated 5 out of 5
September 11, 2020

I’ve been thinking about my last trip to Morocco and remembered the delicious mint tea. Just ordered the teapot and Berber tea mix you recommended. Can’t wait to receive them, they’ll be perfect for this fall

shadia lenth

Question regarding mint

Rated 5 out of 5
June 4, 2019

Sorry if I missed it, but is there a specific type of mint that works best for the tea? I’m thinking of adding mint to the garden, and would want to use some for a tea like this. Your advice (and recipe) is appreciated!

Nicki

Response from Moroccanzest

Hi Nicki, Traditional Moroccan mint tea is made with spearmint (or nana mint). I grow spearmint too and it is very handy. Just keep in mind that you will need a large bunch for each Moroccan mint tea you make, so have a couple of plants or more to never run out. I just updated the article with more details and the link to the seeds I use – xx

delicious tea recipe!

Rated 5 out of 5
December 15, 2022

the best cup to warm the heart

Farrell

So good and fragrant

Rated 5 out of 5
December 15, 2022

Thank you Safa for this amazing recipe and the amazing product recommendations. I used the tea set and berber wedding mix to make tea for my fall dinner party. Everyone asked for the product links and I gladly shared them.

Jameela

Response from Moroccanzest

Ohh thank you so much, Jameela for sharing the love!!! -xxx

Everyone loved it

Rated 5 out of 5
November 19, 2022

Thank you, Safa for this amazing recipe and the amazing product recommendations. I used the tea set and berber wedding mix to make tea for my fall dinner party. Everyone asked for the product links and I gladly shared them.

Jameela

Response from Moroccanzest

Hi Jameela! Glad everyone loved your Moroccan tea set and drink. And thank you so much for sharing the love, it means a lot!! -xx

When is the tea set going to be back in stock?

Rated 5 out of 5
November 19, 2022

I tried to order Little Moroccan Things beautiful tea set but it’s out of stock. I re-checked this morning and still not available. Do you know when it’s going to be in stock again? Many thanks for all the tips!

Bekky

Response from Moroccanzest

Hi Bekky, the tea set is back in stock!! I hope you see this message before it’s gone! -xx

Question about sugar

Rated 5 out of 5
May 24, 2022

Many thks for the great recipe!! IS the ratio 1 (tea)/2 (sugar) the traditional for moroccan tea or the one representing when you cut sugar by half? Just wondering… Thanks

JM

Response from Moroccanzest

Hi JM, the ingredients are for a traditional Moroccan tea with a sweetness that probably will satisfy more taste buds. You can still go for more sweetness or less depending on your liking. -xxx

Moroccan-American approved!

Rated 5 out of 5
November 14, 2021

As the daughter of an immigrant, I’ve had Moroccan tea all my life made by my father, aunts, and grandma. The first sip is always so joyful and nostalgic for me. I decided to try making it myself with this recipe and it turned out so well! A million times better than any tea bag or other “authentic” recipes online. Now I just need to buy a tea pot and watch my family perfect it even more!

Jamila

Response from Moroccanzest

Oh, how I feel you, Jamila! There is nothing like the first sip! Hope you found a teapot you like. If not yet, check ”Little Moroccan Things” website, they often have some exceptional quality teapots -xx

excellent recipe

Rated 5 out of 5
March 24, 2021

I found your recipe through Good morning Americas website, I ordered the teapot and made your tea last weekend. everyone loved it! thank you

jess robert

Response from Moroccanzest

aww glad to hear that! thank you!

my absolute favorite moroccan tea

Rated 5 out of 5
December 29, 2020

tastes like tea in morocco. thank you!

helena kates

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