RECIPES & STORIES
"It's the Simple things in Life"
Makes 4 servings
I first tried this tea when I was a teenager, living in Toronto, Canada, and fell absolutely in love with it. A friend’s dad who grew up in Morocco made it for us one day to accompany a delicious lunch of herbed couscous and grilled veggies and it remained with me forever.
Fresh mint leaf is what makes this tea so incredibly special. The caffeinated green tea offers boldness while the mint leaf effusion refreshes the palette and the honey hints of sweetness. For a decaffeinated version, simply use either decaf green tea, or just the mint leaf tea.
4 cups of water
1 green tea bag*
½ cup of loosely packed fresh mint leaves (spearmint or peppermint)*
4 tablespoons honey (or to taste)*
Boil 4 cups of water.
Place the green tea, fresh mint leaves and honey together into a serving teapot. Pour the hot water into the serving teapot and allow the ingredients to steep for 5 minutes. After steeping, carefully remove the tea bag (or loose leaf infuser). Pour your freshly made Moroccan Mint Tea into teacups. You can use a strainer to prevent the fresh mint leaves from pouring into the teacups if you prefer it.
To make an iced version of this tea, simply brew all the ingredients with only 2 cups of boiled water, remove the green tea bag (or loose leaf infuser) after 5 minutes, and pour over 2 cups of ice cubes. Chill in the fridge before serving.
It sounds simple because it is!
Using tea bags is a wonderful convenience, but once you’ve enjoyed this quick, sweet, soothing, aromatic and refreshing fresh mint tea, you won’t believe the difference… and you may even prefer it!
Spearmint has a milder, sometimes sweeter essence, and peppermint has more bite due to the presence of menthol. Both are delicious, but if you are aromatically or pallette sensitive to one or the other just know they offer different sensations on the tongue and through the body. When serving this tea with a spicy meal your best bet is to go with spearmint leaves.
Like mint, different honeys have significantly different tastes. The taste depends on what flowers the bees gathered pollen from. Some varieties include wildflower, clover, orange blossom and many more. Do you have a preference? Whichever flavor of honey you enjoy I encourage you to buy organic, locally and ethically sourced kind to protect our healthy bee populations.
*If you utilize a loose leaf tea infuser in this recipe, replace 1 tea bag = 1Tbs. loose leaf