DIY: Moroccan Mint Tea

by Tony Gebely 9

The everyday tea served in Morocco consists of gunpowder green tea, fresh mint, and copious amounts of sugar.

The mint growing in my yard in Chicago:

mint growing in chicago

Giving the mint a rinse:

Giving it a Rinse

The pot is stuffed with mint and about 2 teaspoons of gunpowder green tea, now I’m adding 1/4 cup of raw sugar. You can find cheap gunpowder green tea at most Asian grocers. It usually comes in dark green boxes:

Adding sugar.



Tony Gebely

Tony has been studying tea for over ten years and has traveled to many tea producing regions throughout Asia. His book, "Tea: A User's Guide" is available now.

Comments (9)

  1. we have all the tea ware for your mint tea culture please visit us at moroccan teaware

  2. Sounds yummi:) I will have to try it during our next book club meet.

  3. That is an awesome looking teapot… just gorgeous!

  4. Awesome!! I’ve grown mint in Ohio, it literally took over and I could not control it! I may have to try again now that I am in Missouri.

  5. What variety of mint are you using here? It looks like peppermint. I’ve read that Moroccan mint tea is usually brewed with spearmint + gunpowder green tea. However, in other parts of the Arab world black tea + mint is also common. I’ve visited a few Arab-run coffee shops in the U.S. that served outstanding blends of dried spearmint with black tea…often they are brewed very strongly so that you continue to taste the mint all day long!

    I grow many varieties of mint, including peppermint, spearmint, apple mint, orange mint, and many other species in the mint family that I use for tea, such as lemon balm and several of the Monarda sp. (bee-balm/wild bergamot/oswego tea). I love mixing all of these plants with tea! I wonder if orange mint is closest to the traditional mint used in Morocco…it’s native to the Mediterranean, whereas many of the other mints are native to wetter climates.

  6. You have a quite beautiful teapot. Is that Sterling Silver? I have one myself and just love what it does to the flavor of the tea. I use it whenever possible as it represents spiritual purity for me.

  7. Though it may taste good, this is not the real way to make Moroccan tea. After living in Morocco over the summer and learning from natives there, Moroccan mint tea is absolutely brewed with green tea leaves. Where else would the caffeine come from? Put the tea leaves in first, then the mint. Brew the tea over a stove and then add sugar (lots of it) to taste, pouring tea into a little glass and returning it to the pot multiple times to mix the sugar around.

    1. Julia,
      Thanks for the information! From the documentary, I wasn’t sure if they used tea or not, so I did not. It still tastes nice, but I’m sure a bit of gunpowder green tea would even out the flavors a bit. How was Morocco? Any recommendations?

  8. Ah! So that’s how it is made! I’d always been told it used a gunpowder green as a base before adding mint leaves, but gunpowder always seemed too base a flavor to match the taste of good mint teas I’ve had at Moroccan restaurants in Seattle. The secret is no tea at all!

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