I am from a little town right outside of Portland,OR. My husband and I had a year or so stint of living there right before we headed east to Iowa. During that year I worked at a local, organic vegetarian Moroccan restaurant. Coincidentally the name of the restaurant was Mint Tea. Needless to say it was their specialty and I learned to make it the traditional way. I’ve never been to Morocco, but from what I was told this is one of the most commonly imbibed in beverages. Try it and you will find out why!
Moroccan Mint Tea
1tsp. Gunpowder green tea (optional if you’d like a caffeine free version)
1 handful fresh mint leaves (dried is okay….fresh is far superior!)
1 heaping tsp. sugar (I used agave instead )
Put the sugar/sweetener in the bottom of the teapot. Add in tea and mint leaves. Allow tea to steep about 3 minutes. Remove the tea, leaving the mint leaves to further infuse.
It is traditional to add a splash of Rosewater or Orange Blossom water to the tea. You can find these things at most grocery stores, ethnic food stores and health food stores. If you don’t have any, add in some dried/fresh rose petals or drink as is!
I love drinking this tea on a hot afternoon, while maybe reading a good book….preferably one that takes place near Morocco, so that I can further immerse myself in the spicy and bustling Marrakesh of my imagination :-)