G'day, mate! Are you up for a little teatime with a twist? Then grab a cuppa of Moroccan Mint Tea, a traditional North African brew that'll make you feel like you're sipping in the souks of Marrakesh.
Moroccan mint tea or ‘atay bi nana’ is an iconic beverage which hails from an exotic land. Sure enough, the refreshing and invigorating concoction will transport you straight to the heart of the land – Morocco.
Speaking of Morocco, if you ever find yourself there, be sure to stop by a local cafe and indulge in a cup of this delightful brew. But till then, we’ll show you how to whip up a homemade version.
What Is Moroccan Mint Tea?
Let’s start off with the base of Moroccan tea, typically, gunpowder green tea leaves. These leaves are mixed with a generous amount of sugar and fresh spearmint leaves. What you get is a strong sweet tea – a staple beverage in Moroccan culture that’s enjoyed throughout the country at any time of the day.
But it isn’t just the ingredients that make Moroccan mint tea special. It's the way the tea is made and served that really sets it apart. The tea is brewed in a traditional Moroccan teapot made of brass or silver. It has a long, curved spout for pouring. The tea is brewed in boiling water for several minutes, allowing the flavours to infuse.
The best bit is when they pour the tea from a height into fancy little glasses. That gives it a bubbly, frothy texture that looks as good as it tastes. They'll serve it up with some sweet treats like pastries or dates, which go great with the tea's sweet and refreshing flavour.
How To Make Moroccan Mint Tea?
Now, don't get me wrong but making Moroccan Mint Tea isn’t as easy as throwing a tea bag in a cuppa hot water. It's an art form that takes some skill to master. Are you ready to learn how to make Moroccan Mint tea? So, let’s dive right into the Moroccan mint tea recipe.
Now, the key to making Moroccan Mint Tea is using the right ingredients. You're going to need some fresh mint leaves and some Chinese gunpowder green tea leaves. The mint leaves should be fresh and the tea leaves should be of good quality with a strong, smoky flavour.
For a true Moroccan experience try to get the traditional Moroccan teapot, bered. However, your regular heatproof teapot works just as well. Before we move on with the Moroccan mint tea recipe, let’s check out the star ingredient of the recipe – Gunpowder Green Tea.
Gunpowder Green Tea
Gunpowder green tea leaves are a type of Chinese green tea. The leaves are harvested and processed by withering and steaming. Processing continues by rolling the leaves to release their juices and shape them into tiny pellets with gunpowder resemblance, hence the name.
When brewed, gunpowder green tea leaves produce a strong, smoky flavour that's prized by tea connoisseurs around the world. The pellets slowly enlarge as they steep, creating a visually stunning display in your teapot. These leaves are commonly used in traditional Moroccan mint tea, as they blend well with the spearmint leaves and sugar to create a sweet and refreshing beverage.
- 2 large bunch of fresh spearmint leaves
- 2 teaspoon of Chinese gunpowder green tea leaves
- 3 tablespoons of sugar (or to taste)
- 5 cups of water
Step one: To start off, bring some water to a boil in a pot.
Step two: Next, grab your heatproof teapot. Once the water is boiling, pour some (about ¼ cup) of the hot water into your teapot, swirl the teapot around a few times to rinse it. Discard the water.
Step three: Now add 2 heaped teaspoons of the gunpowder green tea leaves to the teapot. Pour some (about ¼ cup) water. Swirl the teapot around a few times to rinse the tea leaves. This also reduces the bitter notes of the tea. Now pour the water out through the spout.
Step four: Add sugar to the teapot (Moroccans traditionally add a lot of sugar, but feel free to adjust to your own liking).
Step five: For a refreshing twist, add the spearmint leaves.
Step six: Then pour about 4 cups of boiled water into the teapot over tea leaves and mint.
Step seven: Now place the teapot over medium flame and bring it to boil. This is where your preference comes in – longer boiling period gives stronger tea. Even the caffeine content in your tea goes up.
Step eight: Once the tea comes to a boil, turn off the heat and let the tea steep for few more minutes to allow the flavours to infuse.
Step nine: Stir gently. Now you can pour the tea into cups from a height, as they do in Morocco, to create a froth on top. It’s not required though and you can pour it the way you normally do. Serve and enjoy. And don't forget to serve some sweet pastries or savoury snacks to accompany the tea.
So there we have it, all the details on how to make Moroccan Mint tea. Whether you're in Morocco or your own backyard, this brew is sure to delight your taste buds and leave you feeling refreshed and invigorated.
Tips And Tricks to Make a Perfect Moroccan Mint Tea
If you’ve tried a Moroccan mint tea recipe but it just didn't quite turn out right, don't worry! We've got you covered with some tips and tricks for a perfect cup:
Boiling Time: Boiling the tea for too long can make it bitter, while boiling it for too short a time can make it weak. It's important to let the tea come to a boil and then let it steep for a few minutes before serving.
Froth on top: Creating the froth on top of the tea gives a true Moroccan mint tea experience. To do this, start pouring from close to the glass and then slowly raise the teapot to around a foot or so.
Sweetener: Traditional Moroccan mint tea is made with a lot of sugar, but you can adjust the amount to your liking. If you prefer a healthier option, you can use honey or agave nectar instead of sugar.
How To Store Your Leftover Moroccan Mint Tea?
Pat on the back if you've successfully tried the Moroccan mint tea recipe and made a delicious batch of Moroccan mint tea. Now if you have some leftover, don't let it go to waste. Here are some tips on how to make Moroccan mint tea leftovers stay fresh and flavourful for the next teatime.
Refrigerate the tea: The first step in storing your leftover Moroccan mint tea is to refrigerate it. The tea should be stored in a covered container to prevent any odours from being absorbed. You can also transfer the tea to a jug with a lid if you have a large amount of tea to store.
Don't let it sit for too long: Moroccan mint tea is best enjoyed fresh, so it's important not to let it sit for too long. Ideally, you should consume your leftover tea within 24 hours.
Let's wrap this up! From its unique brewing process to its presentation and refreshing taste, there's nothing quite like a cup of Moroccan mint tea.
Whether you're a tea lover or just looking for a new and exciting drink to try, Moroccan mint tea is definitely worth exploring. With the right ingredients, tools and techniques, you can create your very own delicious and authentic Moroccan mint tea that will impress your friends and family.
So enjoy the art of Moroccan mint tea, then sit back and take a sip.
FAQs on Moroccan Tea
Q. How do you make Moroccan mint tea?
A. Boil 5 cups of water. Use some of it to rinse 2 spoons of tea leaves in a heatproof teapot. Discard the water after rinsing. Add fresh mint leaves and sugar. Pour 4 cups of water and place the teapot over medium flame. Turn the heat off in 3-4 minutes. Let the tea steep for another 2 minutes. Stir gently and serve.
Q. What kind of mint is used in Moroccan tea?
A. The mint used in Moroccan tea is typically spearmint. It's a refreshing and aromatic herb that's native to Europe, Asia and other temperate parts of the world. Spearmint is used for its sweet and subtle taste which complements the bitterness of the gunpowder green tea.
Q. Is Moroccan mint tea the same as peppermint tea?
A. The short answer is no! While both teas use mint, they are quite different. Moroccan mint tea is made with spearmint leaves and Chinese gunpowder green tea leaves, while peppermint tea is made with peppermint leaves only. They differ in taste and aroma as well. They may seem similar but they're different drinks altogether.
Q. What is the difference between mint and Moroccan mint?
A. Mint or peppermint has got a bigger menthol hit of around 40%. That gives it a cool, refreshing flavour and scent. Spearmint's menthol content is lower, at around 0.5%, making it sweeter and more delicate. That's why spearmint goes great with Chinese gunpowder green tea in Moroccan mint tea.