How to Make Moroccan Mint Tea (with Fresh Mint)

Here’s an incredibly easy recipe for making fresh Moroccan mint tea at home anytime you want it.

I first tried Moroccan mint tea around ten years ago in Marrakesh and it’s possibly my favourite tea of all time. It’s quite difficult to recreate the authentic taste of fresh Moroccan mint tea, nothing quite compares to the experience of taking real Moroccan mint tea in Morocco. However, I do have a great alternative way to prepare this tea and it’s super easy to do just by using a tea pot.

How to Make Moroccan Mint Tea

Made with green tea and fresh mint leaves

What is Fresh Moroccan Mint Tea Made Of?

Traditional fresh Moroccan mint tea is made using gunpowder green tea like this loose leaf tea with fresh mint (usually locally grown nana mint) and is steeped on a stove top on a continuous heat for around ten minutes or so. It’s a little difficult to do that without the help of a stove top heat resistant tea pot and so my method is a little more straightforward.

Here are some other tea recipes from around the world that you may also be interested in:

Read more: How to Make Tea Around the World

What Kind of Mint is Used in Moroccan Mint Tea?

Traditionally fresh spearmint is the mint of choice in Moroccan mint tea. Spearmint has spear shaped leaves that resemble spears and that’s why it is called spearmint. You can substitute for fresh garden mint or fresh peppermint.

What is Nana Mint?

Nana mint like this, is a type of spearmint grown in Morocco. It’s the preferred mint to use in Moroccan mint tea. If you have fresh (or even dried) nana mint, I would recommend using that to recreate the aromatic sweetness that sums up Moroccan mint tea.


What is Gunpowder Green Tea?

Gunpowder green tea (also known as Lo Chu Ch’a and Zhu Cha) is named so because it is a type of green tea that has been rolled into pellets, gunpowder shaped pellets. Gunpowder tea is sometimes referred to as pearl tea and is more commonly a green tea but can also be processed in such a way to become an oolong tea.

Can I Make Iced Moroccan Mint Tea?

Moroccan mint tea can be enjoyed hot or iced. Iced Moroccan mint tea is wonderfully refreshing. Make a pot of Moroccan mint tea and serve over ice. If you prefer something a little stronger or sweeter, adjust the quantities of tea, mint and sugar.

What Dessert Pairs Well With Fresh Moroccan Mint Tea?

Pairing tea with desserts has been around for centuries and desserts pair very well with homemade fresh Moroccan mint tea. Afternoon tea was first enjoyed in 1840 by Anna the Duchess of Bedford who wanted to bridge the gap between lunch and dinner. However, tea and dessert pairings has possibly been around much longer than this in many different cultures from around the world. Moroccan mint tea pairs perfectly with mini sweet pastries and it also goes down a storm with Turkish delight too!

Here are some fab dessert recipes that pair with Moroccan mint tea:

Is Moroccan Mint Tea Good for You?

Moroccan mint tea is made from green tea and mint, both of which provide healthy benefits. Moroccan mint tea is as good for your body as it is for your taste buds!

Tea contains a whole host of goodness that includes catechins, l-theanine and tannins. These antioxidants each have their own chemical behaviour that comes with it’s own benefit. The catechins found in tea, known as EGCG have anti inflammatory properties. L-theanine is known to benefit the cardiovascular system. Tannins are heart healthy antioxidants.

Mint comes with health boosting benefits too. Mint has gut soothing qualities, can aid in the relief of excess gas and bloating, and help relieve stuffiness from colds and flu.

How to Make Moroccan Mint Tea From Scratch

Making Moroccan mint tea is really quite easy to do. Typically, the best green tea to use is gunpowder green tea as this is a strong green tea that works perfectly with the fresh mint. Alternatively, you can use other types of green tea. The finished tea will still taste amazing!

Also, the preferred type of mint for Moroccan mint tea is fresh spearmint leaves, however, any type of fresh mint will work. Work with the ingredients that you have and give it a go!

Is this recipe as good as authentic Moroccan mint tea whilst being in Morocco? No BUT hear me out, it is a very close second !! I love this easy way to make fresh Moroccan mint tea at home and I’m never disappointed. I hope you love it as much as I do!

INGREDIENTS (Serves 4)

  • 1 Tablespoon of Gunpowder Green Tea

  • 2-3 Tablespoons of White Cane Sugar

  • Large Bunch of Fresh Mint

METHOD

  • Place the loose leaf tea in an infuser and pop them in the tea pot. Pour over freshly boiling water and swish the leaves. Discard the water but keep the tea leaves in the infuser/pot. This step is so that any bitterness from the leaves is removed.

  • Next, half fill the teapot with boiled water and add the sugar. Stir the sugar until it has dissolved.

  • Crush up the mint in your hands slightly to release those fresh minty aromas and add them to your pot along with the green tea in the infuser.

  • Fill the tea pot to the top and pop the lid back on.

  • Allow to infuse for 5 minutes and remove the green tea.

  • Next, I like to allow the mint leaves to steep for a further 5 minutes or so before enjoying with sweet treats :)



Fresh Moroccan Mint Tea

Fresh Moroccan Mint Tea

Yield: 4
Author: Cindy Jarvis
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 10 MinTotal time: 15 Min
Here’s a great easy recipe for Moroccan mint tea using just a tea pot…

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon of Gunpowder Green Tea
  • 3 Tablespoons of White Cane Sugar
  • Large Bunch of Fresh Mint

Instructions

  1. Place the loose leaf tea in an infuser and pop them in the tea pot. Pour over freshly boiled water and swish the leaves. Discard the water but keep the tea leaves in the infuser/pot. This step is so that any bitterness from the leaves is removed.
  2. Next, half fill the teapot with boiled water and add the sugar. Stir the sugar until it has dissolved.
  3. Crush up the mint in your hands slightly to release those fresh minty aromas and add them to your pot along with the green tea in the infuser.
  4. Fill the tea pot to the top and pop the lid back on.
  5. Allow to infuse for 5 minutes and remove the green tea.
  6. Next, I like to allow the mint leaves to steep for a further 5 minutes or so before enjoying with sweet treats :)

Calories

24

Fat (grams)

0

Sat. Fat (grams)

0

Carbs (grams)

6

Fiber (grams)

0

Net carbs

6

Sugar (grams)

6

Protein (grams)

0

Sodium (milligrams)

0

Cholesterol (grams)

0
Approx. nutritional values
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