Prep 5 mins
Cook 13 mins
Hot mint tea is a favorite in Morocco, where it's served in small glasses any time of day or night. It's very sweet and packed with mint flavor. It is great cold as well; let the tea cool completely and then strain it into ice-filled glasses.
- 1 quart boiling water, plus more for heating the teapot
- 3 green tea bags (equivalent to 1 Tablespoon loose green tea)
- 3⁄4 cup sugar
- 3 cups firmly packed mint leaves, and tender stems crushed, plus
- 4 sprigs of fresh mint, for garnish
- Pour about 1/2 cup boiling water into a teapot, swish it around to heat the pot, and dump out. Add tea to the teapot and pour in 1 cup of the boiling water. Cover and let steep 3 minutes.
- Add sugar and mint leaves and stems to the teapot. Add the remaining 3 cups boiling water. Cover and let steep for 5 minutes.
- Stir. Continue to steep for 5 minutes more.
- Strain tea into cups.
This was fresh and delicious! The color was such a lovely golden; really made it appetizing. I changed the recipe a bit by basically making 1/3 of the batch. I used 1 cup of mint, 2 cups of water, 1 teabag (which I took out after the 3 minutes to prevent bitterness) and NO sugar. Instead, I added a teaspoon of honey to each teacup (made 4 servings, just like recipe said) and that was plenty sweet and flavorful to me. I can't wait to serve this to friends! Thanks!
Mr JB loves his Sweet Tea, and says that tea without sugar is "unfulfilled". Unfortunately, he can't have black tea or a lot of sugar anymore. This recipe works well for him as iced tea, provided I substitute a tablespoon of honey for all that sugar. Gives it just enough sweet to notice. Will have to increase my mint crop to meet demand.