Morocco’s national drink, mint tea, is served in restaurants and homes throughout the country. It is drunk after meals, with dessert, and throughout the day. It is ceremoniously poured from a height into small tea glasses and served with mint fresh leaves.
When I was young, my father would often cut the mint directly from our garden, and I grow it in my home today.
Bring the water to a boil in a kettle or medium saucepan.
Rinse the mint leaves and pat dry with paper towels or a clean dish towel.
Clean the teapot with a small amount of boiling water and then discard the water. Add the tea and a little more boiling water, and swirl the water.
Add the mint leaves, sugar, and the four and a half cups of boiling water to the teapot, stir, cover, and let stand for four minutes.
Pour the tea into glasses and serve with dessert.
Recipe excerpted from Sharing Morocco: Exotic Flavors from My Kitchen to Yours with kind permission from the author. (Greenleaf, 2014)