A LITTLE HISTORY
The gift from god as the say, Morocco and mint tea are so heavily entwined within the cultures of each other.
Mint Tea is the true expression of the hospitality Morocco is so well known for.
More than anything Moroccan mint tea is about the way it is served and what that represents. It is a beautiful fragrant refreshing tea to soothe, relax, calm or even to awake, enliven or cheer.
People are always saying how no Moroccan tea is ever the same, this is simply because no recipe is followed, it’s done out of habit the way they are taught, changed or adapted to be the best.
Although in my restaurant it has to be a matter of consistency to keep my customers happy. Following this recipe you shall get an almost same result every time until you know how you really like it, then you can change, as you desire.
Tea for 4
2 glasses each, traditionally it is 3 each but see how you go
Serve in a large metal teapot
3tbsp Chinese gunpowder (or green tea)
¾ cup sugar
1 bunch spearmint
(Preferably look out for a short curly bunch with the red stalk)
1L boiling hot water, 1 extra cup for washing the pot
Place the tea into the pot and pour in the cup of boiling water, swish around then strain the water out leaving the leaves inside. This is the traditional way to clean and remove the bitterness.
Pour in the litre of boiling water and allow to boil for 1 minute atop hot embers (or stove top). Place the washed spearmint stuffed tightly into the pot and place back atop the embers (or stove) for a few more seconds.
Add in the sugar and allow to dissolve. Using a tea towel to protect your hands pour out a glass, then pour it back into the pot, repeat another two times, this allows the tea to properly mix and infuse. Try the tea first before serving to ensure it is well mixed. Serve the tea into the other glasses, pour from high up and come down towards the end to create froth. Be sure not to pour to the top, leave a rim of about 3 fingers deep for the person to hold the glass by. The person preparing the tea is the only person to pour until the pot is empty, each glass is to be handed to right.
These are the traditional guidelines for a mint tea ‘ceremony’, have fun with it and enjoy.