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traditional moroccan mint tea

Traditional Moroccan Mint Tea Recipe

Traditional Moroccan mint tea made with fresh spearmint and Chinese gunpowder tea is a deliciously sweet and refreshing beverage. Go ahead and give it a try!
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Moroccan
Servings 6 servings


  • Moroccan teapot
  • Moroccan tea glasses


  • 1 oz fresh nana mint (or spearmint) leaves
  • 1 tbsp Chinese gunpowder tea
  • 3-4 tbsp sugar
  • 4 cups water


  • Boil 4 cups (1 liter) of water.
  • Use a traditional Moroccan teapot, with a built-in strainer. Pour a little bit of the boiling water into the teapot to rinse it and then discard the water.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of gunpowder tea in the teapot. Pour a few tablespoons of water into the pot and let the gunpowder tea soak for a while (about 1 minute). Pour the water out and discard it.
  • Add the mint leaves and sugar into the pot. Pour 2 cups (about 1/2 liter) of boiling water into the pot. Put the teapot on a stove over medium heat and bring it to a gentle boil. Be careful not to boil it over!
    It is hot enough when you can see small bubbles and foam starting to form. Remove it from the heat, and don’t burn your hand (use a mitt).
  • To mix the tea, pour the tea into a glass and then pour it back into the teapot. Repeat at least 5 times.
  • Use small glasses for the tea since it’s very strong and sweet and will be sipped slowly. You can add some fresh mint sprigs in the glasses for extra flavor and visual appeal.
    The tea should be poured from and arm’s length above the glass to achieve a nice foam on top. Don’t pour the glasses full, about two-thirds is a good amount.
Keyword refreshing, sweet