Today I am bringing you another guest post about tea. This time Erica talks about a favourite tea of hers: Moroccan Mint Tea and how easily mint can be grown at home.
For a while now Moroccan mint tea has been my favourite tea. I usually treat myself to it in a café I go to regularly, but it’s actually pretty easy to make at home. Growing your own mint is easy because the plant can be a bit of a thug. It’s best to find a contained bed or a pot to grow it in, so it doesn’t get too out of hand. Large qualities of mint aren’t the end of the world though and I regularly use it when cooking potatoes, with couscous or to make a mint tea. You might struggle to find enough fresh mint to make this in the winter, but it’s a drink that brings to mind hot places, so it’s well suited to the hotter months.
In Morocco mint tea isn’t just a drink in Morocco, it’s quite a social occasion: s a sign of hospitality and friendship. When you drink it, you can almost believe that you are in the souks of Marrakech and smell the wonderful herbs and spices. Ideally this tea is served from silver teapots into glass cups and this is the way to get the full visual glory of the drink too. It’s very refreshing and is perfect on a hot day or after a meal as mint helps with digestion.
Boil the water and allow to cool for a minute or two. Whilst you are waiting for it to cool, use a little of the boiled water to warm the pot by swishing around. Place as many fresh mint leaves in the glass cup as you can get in.
If you are using a sugar stick, you can just add boiled water to the pot and serve. Pour the water over the mint and stir with your sugar stick.
If you haven’t got a sugar stick, add some sugar to the hot water. Then pour the sugary water onto the mint leaves and allow to infuse.
Another nice way to serve the tea is to make green tea instead of just hot water, but otherwise the preparation is the same.