Moroccan tea, also known as “mint tea” or “Atay,” is a traditional drink in Moroccan culture that is served to guests as a sign of hospitality. The tea is made by steeping green tea leaves with fresh mint leaves in boiling water, and then sweetened with sugar to taste. It is usually served in a small, decorative glass with a decorative metal holder.
Moroccan Tea, Moroccan Mint Tea Recipe
Moroccan tea is not just a drink, but it’s also a symbol of Moroccan hospitality and culture. It is usually served with a variety of Moroccan pastries, such as chebakia, ghriba, or almond cookies, and is enjoyed by people of all ages throughout the day.
Moroccan Mint Tea Recipe
Authentic Moroccan tea, also known as “Moroccan mint tea,” is a refreshing and aromatic tea that is a staple in Moroccan culture. It is usually served during special occasions, such as weddings, and is also a popular drink among locals.
Here’s the traditional recipe for making authentic Moroccan tea:
1 bunch of fresh mint leaves
2-3 tablespoons of green tea leaves (gunpowder tea is commonly used in Morocco)
1 liter of water
Sugar (to taste)
1 Rinse the mint leaves in cold water and remove any stems or damaged leaves.
2 In a teapot, add the green tea leaves and pour in enough hot water to cover the leaves. Swirl the pot gently and then discard the water.
3 Add the rinsed mint leaves to the teapot, along with the sugar to taste.
4 Pour in the remaining hot water (just off the boil) into the teapot, and let the mixture steep for 3-5 minutes.
5 Pour the tea into a small glass from a height of about 12 inches (this helps to create a frothy head on the tea).
6 Serve and enjoy!
Note: In Morocco, the tea is traditionally poured from a height to create a frothy head on the tea. This is done by holding the teapot high above the glass and pouring in a steady stream. If you’re not comfortable with this technique, you can skip this step. Additionally, some Moroccans prefer their tea very sweet, so adjust the sugar to your liking.