The heat of summer has definitely rolled in here and with that comes the need for a great refreshing drink and Moroccan Mint Tea comes quickly to mind. Although it's a great 4 season tea, it really comes across best iced in the summer (at least to me!)
When you hear the word "Moroccan," images of a busy and crowded open air market amidst hot temperatures immediately comes to mind. It's no wonder that spearmint is the refreshment factor in this very famous tea.
Best of all, this tea is made from very simple and basic ingredients. I really enjoy using bulk tea for the Gunpowder, but even a green tea bag will work. You can also use spearmint fresh or dried, depending on what you have on hand. Again, a spearmint tea bag will suffice if you want to give this a try. I like using the best ingredients available to get the best flavor, but feel free to experiment.
To get to the actual preparation, I will give you a recipe by the glass and for a teapot amount. You'll probably want the teapot version because this tea will be addictive!
By the Cup:
1 tsp of Gunpowder Green loose tea. (Use a quality green teabag if you don't have the loose tea)
1-2 nice sized sprigs of fresh spearmint. (Use a teaspoon of loose dried spearmint or a teabag of a quality spearmint tea)
1 tsp of sugar (traditionally it's sugar, but you can use Stevia or honey if you like)
1 to 1/2 cups of boiling water (depends on the size of your mug or glass.)
Steep tea leaves, mint and sugar in boiling hot water for 3 minutes. Gunpowder is a strong tea so if you oversteep it, it can become bitter. Save these tea leaves for at least one more steeping as well.
To mix the tea, pour into another glass and then pour back into the original glass. This also aerates the tea.
Garnish with a sprig of fresh spearmint to serve. Drink hot (like they do even in summer) or serve over ice for an amazing refreshing drink.
By the Teapot (1-1/2 quart):
1 Tbsp of Gunpowder Green loose tea. (Use a quality green teabag if you don't have the loose tea)
4-5 nice sized sprigs of fresh spearmint. (Use a teaspoon of loose dried spearmint or a teabag of a quality spearmint tea)
3-4 Tbsp of sugar
Steep tea leaves, mint and sugar in boiling hot water for 3 minutes. Gunpowder is a strong tea so if you oversteep it can become bitter. Save these tea leaves for at least one more steeping as well.
Pour your first cup of tea out and then back into the teapot to mix and combine well.
(If you're feeling very Moroccan, then when you're ready to serve, pour your tea into tall heat resistant glasses and pour from as high as you can manage with out spilling. (Do not hold the glass and place on a tray to catch spillage.) This will aerate the tea and create a froth on top...yum. Not a necessary step, but very North African if you're are daring with your tea experiences.)
Sip, enjoy, repeat.
I make a dry mix for winter use as it's one of our son's favorite teas. Just a mix of half gunpowder and half spearmint. Use a tsp and a half or to taste. Makes a great gift as well.
Two great tastes combine for one amazing refreshing tea. And of course, this tea is full of health benefits as well.
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