How To Make Traditional Moroccan Mint Tea

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Moroccan Mint Tea
  • Active Time10 min
  • Total Time10 min

You can barely take a step in the markets of Marrakech without tripping over fresh mint, or at least without being offered a glass of hot, sweet mint tea. Be sure to lift the teapot high above the cup while pouring; Moroccans appreciate the way this aerates the tea (and they always pour with great panache).

Ingredients

Makes 6 servings

1 tablespoon loose Chinese gunpowder green tea

5 cups boiling water

3 to 4 tablespoons sugar, or to taste

1 large bunch fresh mint (1 ounce)

Special Equipmenta

1- to 1 1/2-quart teapot

Step 1

Put tea in teapot and pour in 1 cup boiling water, then swirl gently to warm pot and rinse tea. Strain out and discard water, reserving tea leaves in pot.

Step 2

Add remaining 4 cups boiling water to tea and let steep 2 minutes. Stir in sugar (to taste) and mint sprigs and steep 3 to 4 minutes more. Serve in small heatproof glasses.