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Moroccan Mint Tea Recipe and Culture

November 18, 2015

Moroccan mint tea, refreshingly fragrant and heavily sweetened, holds a taste that captures the hum of Moroccan life.  It’s a hospitable drink that’s consumed at every meal.  Drinking tea is a way to engage socially, an no business deal can be closed without a cup.  It is believed that the history of Moroccan mint tea began in the 18th century, possibly introduced to Northwest Africa by the English along their trade routes.

Read:  Make your next date night a Moroccan Dinner at home

Moroccan tea ceremony is performed during formal occasions for guests.  Dried green tea leaves, fresh sprigs of spearmint, and sugar are brewed with boiling water in a silver pot.  This mixture is then poured from a height of about twelve inches into delicate, decorated glass cups, making an impressively coordinated waterfall that aerates the tea for an improved flavor.

It is customary for guests to have at least 3 cups of tea during this leisurely tradition.

My family and I enjoy a cold version of this delicious tea. Read the delectable dishes and wine of Morocco for a Moroccan lunch inspiration.  In the meantime, you could enjoy making this delicious tea at home.

Moroccan Mint Tea Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Category: Food & Drink, Recipes & Chefs

Moroccan Mint Tea Recipe


  • 1 tablespoon loose Chinese green tea
  • 5 cups boiling water
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons sugar, or to your liking
  • 1 large bunch fresh mint (1 ounce)
  • Special equipment: 1- to 1 1/2-quart teapot


  1. Put tea in teapot and pour in 1 cup boiling water, then swirl gently to warm pot and rinse tea.
  2. Strain out and discard water, reserving tea leaves in pot.
  3. Add remaining 4 cups boiling water to tea and let steep 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in sugar (to taste) and mint sprigs and steep 3 to 4 minutes more.
  5. Serve in small heatproof glasses.

For more Moroccan inspiration visit TryTheWorld for delicious snacks and other ingredients from Morocco.  Is there a favorite tea recipe you would like to share with us that you mostly enjoy?  Comment below, we would love to hear about your favorite teas.

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