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Moroccan Mint Tea Recipe

The unusual name gunpowder, which means "gunpowder" in English, has long and firmly entered the lexicon of tea lovers. This variety of Chinese green tea really does look like gunpowder (although the metaphor-loving Chinese think it's more like pearls): its leaves rolled into balls are its specialty.

But it stands out from other varieties not only for this reason. Brewed gunpowder has a sweet taste and clear honey notes that go well with mint, spices and citrus. And Moroccans were the first to taste this whole bouquet.

Despite the fact that gunpowder has never been cultivated in Africa, the spicy mint-citrus drink based on it is considered a purely local specialty. According to the rules, it is prepared by the eldest member of the family to treat the dear guest and thereby show respect to him. In Morocco, this tea is brewed over fire, and we also offer to prepare it according to the authentic recipe, but with a little adaptation to our reality.

To prepare 500 ml of Moroccan tea, take:

  • 2 tsp. gunpowder,
  • a bunch of fresh mint,
  • spices (cinnamon, cardamom beans, cloves, star anise),
  • lemon or lime,
  • sugar to taste (but can be replaced with honey).

Place the dry gunpowder balls in a heat-proof glass jug (or a large clear teapot) and pour over the hot water, which should be drained immediately. So you wake up the leaves and dust them off.

Now add 250 ml of hot water, let it brew for 1-2 minutes and pour the infusion into a separate glass or mug, leaving the leaves in the jug.

Put a sprig of mint, some favorite spices (later you can experiment with their quantity and proportions), a few pieces of sugar on top of the unfolded hot leaves. Return the first tea leaves to the glass jug.

Add another 250ml of hot water. If your pot or kettle is designed to be heated on the stove, bring the tea to a boil and boil for 2 minutes. But you can just leave the drink to infuse for 5-10 minutes.

Moroccan tea is drunk from special glass glasses (rather glasses), after adding a slice of lime or lemon. This drink saves North Africans from the heat (they drink it chilled), and vice versa, it can warm us in cold weather.

For this recipe, you can use classic green tea instead of gunpowder:

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