This easy Moroccan mint is a refreshing North African inspired tea made from green tea and fresh mint. Sweet, and easy to make!
Yes, you really do need a recipe for mint tea. It is just as easy as opening a box and plopping a tea bag into your mug, but seriously so much better!
Also called Maghrebi mint tea, this is a simple yet refreshing tea that is served all day long! This mint green tea is traditionally served very sweet! This version is a simplified version of a traditional recipe, with supplies and ingredients that are more common to find in Western kitchens.
Moroccan Mint Tea
For Moroccans, mint tea is as important as Earl Grey is to the British or Green Tea is to the Chinese! It is served all day long! It can be served without food, or with sweet or savory food. It is a very versatile drink that is much loved!
What is Moroccan mint tea made of?
The ingredients are simple – green tea, sugar, water, and mint! That’s it!
What kind of mint is used for Moroccan mint tea?
Typically fresh spearmint is used, but peppermint leaves can also be used.
What kind of tea is used in Moroccan mint tea?
Chinese Gunpowder tea is a special kind of green tea. It gets its name from the compression of the dried leaves into tiny pellets.
Do I need special equipment to make this tea?
No. Traditionally this is made in a Moroccan tea pot, which can go on the stovetop burner. A stovetop kettle will work just as well, too. But this tea can also be made in a saucepan and the solids strained out before drinking.
How to make Moroccan mint tea
This tea is easy and quick to make, and worth every minute of it! Make sure to scroll down to the recipe card below for the full recipe, but here is a brief overview of how to make this recipe.
- Gather your ingredients to make preparation easy.
- Boil the water.
When the water comes to a full rolling boil, turn off the heat and add the gunpowder green tea leaves.
- Allow to steep for XXXX.
- Add the sugar to the pot and stir to combine.
- Toss in the mint.
- Steep for an additional XXX minutes, and then strain and serve.
- When serving, you want to pour your tea from as high up as you can without spilling. This will help aerate the tea and give it a nice frothy top that is typical of tea served in Morocco.
Note: Traditionally 3 servings of tea are served from the teapot. As you go through the servings, the tea gets stronger because it steeps more. There is a saying that says “The first glass of tea is soft as life, the second as strong as love, and the third as bitter as death”.
How to make this kid friendly
This tea is sweet and mild, and makes a great kid-friendly tea recipe to serve at tea time, or any time you need a cozy drink!
Dinner conversations with kids
How we talk to kids about their food is important, no matter what we are enjoying. Use this tea as a way to engage their senses and expand their vocabulary.
- How does this tea smell? Can you detect smells you are familiar with?
- What tastes can you detect? Does the tea taste more sweet or less sweet than you expected them to?
- What does this tea remind you of?
Read more about how to explore the sense of taste with your kids.
Kids in the kitchen: How your kids can help you cook
Inviting your kids into the kitchen with you not only is great bonding time, but it also teaches them valuable life skills!
This green mint tea is great for learning about how to steep tea and how to work around a hot stovetop.
- Kids aged 1-3 can help you wash the mint leaves and measure out the ingredients.
- Kids aged 4-6 can do everything above plus help you add the ingredients to the pot .
- Kids aged 7-10+ can help you do everything above, plus help you pour the tea.
*Please note that these recommendations are generalized, and to please use your personal discretion with your child’s skill level. And always, always supervise! Read more about how to have your children help you in the kitchen.
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Moroccan Mint Green Tea Recipe
- 5 cups boiling water
- 1 Tablespoon Chinese gunpowder green tea
- 3 Tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 bunch mint
- Boil the water.
- When the water is at a full roiling boil, turn off the heat and add the tea leaves.
- Stir in the sugar and add the mint bunch.
- Steep for 3-4 minutes.
- Strain out the tea leaves and mint.
- Serve by pouring as high up as you can to get some bubbles and froth on the top.
Check out the Moroccan Mint Green Tea Recipe Story.