444 – Moroccan Mint Tea / الشاي المغربي بالنعناع

Ingredients

  • A large handful of fresh mint
  • 3 teaspoons loose green tea (Gunpowder or Chun Mee)
  • 3 tablespoons white granulated sugar, or to taste
  • Water

Directions

1- Boil the water.
2- Add the green tea to a large teapot and 1 cup of boiling water. Let rest for 1 minute then pour the water into a cup. Set aside. In Morocco, this tea water is called the “spirit of the tea”, which means it contains the first burst of flavors from the tealeaves.
3- Add another cup of boiling water to the teapot, swish around, then pour the water into a cup. Discard. This step is to clean the tea and you will notice that the water is darker the second time.
4- Pour back the “spirit of the tea” into the teapot. Add boiling water to the teapot until it is three quarters full.
5- Place the teapot on the stove and, on low heat, bring the tea to a boil.
6- Remove the teapot from the heat and immediately add the mint leaves and sugar to the teapot.
7- Mix all the ingredients by pouring the tea into a glass and then pouring it back into the teapot. Repeat this step 2-3 times.
8- Serve immediately. While pouring, hold the teapot high above the glass, to get the distinctive foam of Moroccan mint tea!