Try this mint tea recipe for the post-Passover / post-Pesach Moroccan-Jewish festival of Mimouna (also spelled: Mimuna, Mimounah, Mimunah, Maimouna, and Maimounah). Jews in Morocco have many traditional Mimouna recipes, and the following mint tea recipe is not only a traditional drink in Morocco in general, but is also served during the Mimouna festival.

Moroccan mint tea not only is a drink to Moroccans, but serves as a symbol of tradition, hospitality, and friendship. When is Moroccan mint tea served? Because it is very popular, Moroccan mint tea is served every chance during the day: Before and during conversations, and after each meal. I have visited Moroccan families during Mimouna, and I loved the mint tea that was served, even though I wouldn't have dared to measure my glucose level after I drank it, as it is also traditionally very sweet. However, in the following recipe, there is less sugar than normal for Moroccan mint tea. There is also a tradition of serving Moroccan mint tea in elegantly-designed glasses that consist of artistic patterns around the glass, usually in the color of gold.

Moroccan Mint Tea Recipe

10 sprigs fresh mint, plus extra for garnish
3 teaspoons green tea
3 tablespoons sugar (or more to taste)
4 cups water

Instructions for the Moroccan Mint Tea recipe:

  1. Boil the water and pour a small amount into a teapot, swishing it around to warm the pot.
  2. Combine the mint, green tea and sugar in the teapot, then fill it with the rest of the hot water.
  3. Let the tea brew for three minutes.
  4. Set out glasses for the tea.
  5. Use a shot-glass which is nearly equivalent to the slender glasses that are used in Morocco.
  6. Fill just one glass with the tea, the pour it back in the pot.
  7. Repeat. This helps to dissolve and distribute the sugar.
  8. Pour the tea.
  9. Garnish with the remaining sprigs of mint.

And finally, enjoy!

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