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OCT 23, 2021

Marrakesh Mint Tea Recipe

This iconic beverage is perfect for cooling the body on a hot day, or to warm up and feel cosy when it rains.

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You can't walk in Marrakesh - or anywhere else in Morocco, for that matter - without tumbling onto a pot of sweet mint tea. This syrupy sweet beverage is so iconic that it's practically the national drink of the country. Just as how it's the norm for Malaysians to greet their guests with the almost-universal "Dah makan?", it's customary for Moroccans to offer their house guests mint tea upon arrival.

Delicious and refreshing, mint tea is much loved for its energising and digestive properties. Read on to learn how you can prepare this traditional drink in the comfort of your own home.


Loose Chinese gunpowder green tea leaves are the preferred choice for an authentic Marrakesh mint tea. Very astringent and slightly harsh, the dried leaves are rolled into small pellets, which led to name "gunpowder".

Simple, easy and ingredient-accessible

What You'll Need (Serves 6):

  • 1 tablespoon gunpowder green tea
  • 5 cups of water
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons of sugar, or to taste
  • 1 large handful of spearmint leaves (washed)
  • A teapot

Steps to Make Marrakesh Mint Tea:

  1. Gather the ingredients.
  2. In a medium-sized pot, bring the water to a boil.
  3. Add the gunpowder green tea to the teapot, then pour a few tablespoons of boiling water over the leaves. Allow the leaves to soak briefly, the swirl gently to warm the teapot. Strain out and discard the water, leaving the tea leaves in the teapot.
  4. Pour remaining boiled water into the tea pot and let steep for 2 minutes.
  5. Add sugar and mint leaves and steep for an additional 3 to 4 minutes.
  6. Strain and serve in glasses decorated with mint sprigs if desired.

Notes: Marrakesh mint tea

  • Most Moroccan teapots have built-in strainers. If you're using a teapot without one, you'll need to use a small strainer when pouring the tea.
  • Just like Malaysians pour "teh tarik" from a height to create foam at the top of the cups, Moroccans do the same with their mint tea.
  • Traditional mint tea is cloyingly sweet. Depending on your preferences, you may reduce or increase the amount of sugar.
  • Moroccan mint tea is often served in heat-proof glasses.
  • Each glass is often filled with a sprig of mint to elevate the intensity.
  • Modify it to fit your needs! Add lemon, substitute the sugar with honey, or pour the tea over ice during that extra sunny Malaysian weather.

Written by Fateen Ariff


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