Sweet Moroccan Mint Tea (Hot or Iced) ~ this refreshing staple of Middle Eastern culture is easy to make and incredibly refreshing.
I always find January 1st to be a little unsettling. With all the distraction of the holidays suddenly gone, it’s daunting to be facing the blank slate of the New Year squarely in the face. The tree is still up in the living room, giving off last gasps of holiday pheromones as it dries to a crisp. One daughter is still here with us for two more days, and I know I need to make the most of every last moment. But there is so much to get to. A once in a blue moon calendar glitch had Christmas and New Year’s both fall on garbage pick up day, so we’re awash in the ‘reminders’ of our own celebrations. Aaaaaand we just found out we have to move again…this will be the fourth time in the last few years. And my husband is recovering from back surgery… no bending or lifting of any kind. Yikes. You’ll understand if I’m a little distracted for the next month or so.
Moroccan Mint Tea is a wonderful mid-winter pick me up, and if you are making my MOROCCAN LEMON AND CARDAMOM MEATBALLS, you should really try this to go alongside. It’s consumed day and night in the Middle East — if you are a guest in someone’s house you will be immediately offered a glass of it, and it is impolite to refuse. Why would you? It starts with strongly brewed green tea which is sweetened with honey or sugar, and then poured over fresh mint sprigs. Mint grows like a weed in most climates, so if you have any outdoor space, or even a large earthenware pot, I highly recommend planting fresh mint. Keep it watered and you’ll have the makings for this tea on hand at all times. It’s good hot or cold.
- Strongly brewed green tea
- mint sprigs
- sugar or honey to taste
- Sweeten freshly brewed green tea with sugar or honey, to taste.
- Place mint sprigs in a cup or glass and pour the hot tea over them.
- For iced tea, chill the tea in the refrigerator and serve over ice, with fresh mint.
If you want a stronger mint flavor you can bruise some of the leaves with the back of a spoon to release their flavor, before pouring the tea.
- The traditional Moroccan tea service is rather more complex than the way we enjoy it in the West ~ if you’re interested, you can read all about it here.
This tea is served in glasses so you can appreciate the beautiful mint leaves. Just be sure yours can handle the heat.