How to Make Perfect Moroccan Mint Tea

Category: Culinary Traditions & History | Essential Moroccan Cooking Tools

Moroccan tea, also known as “Atay” in Moroccan Arabic, is a cherished beverage that holds significant cultural and social importance in Moroccan traditions. It is a delightful blend of green tea, fresh mint leaves, and sugar. The tea is prepared by steeping the green tea leaves in boiling water, followed by the addition of mint leaves and sugar to taste. Served in small, ornate glasses with a distinctive pouring technique, Moroccan tea is renowned for its vibrant flavor, refreshing aroma, and the hospitality it represents. It is a symbol of warmth, friendship, and Moroccan hospitality, often shared among family, friends, or guests in social gatherings. The art of making Moroccan tea passed down through generations, is deeply rooted in Moroccan culture, making it an integral part of the country’s identity.

Here is how to make the classic Moroccan mint tea

1- Boil the water.

2- Add the green tea to a large teapot and add 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 tea leaves.

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 on low heat, and 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!

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