The Art of Moroccan Mint Tea

Are you a mint tea lover? If so, how much do you really know about it? Such a simple combination of ingredients has created a symphony of flavours and aromas that not only has a long history, but offers lots of health benefits too!  Whether you are a regular mint tea drinker or not, this article will give you a reason to incorporate it in your everyday life!

Moroccan mint tea cannot be compared to earl grey or English breakfast, simply because there is so much more to it than its taste. Moroccans embraced tea drinking as part of their culture somewhere between the 12th and 18th century, however historians cannot be sure of the exact century. Mint tea has been the centre of Morocco’s social life ever since. Even though women were always in charge of the kitchen and all food preparations, the head male of the family is the one who prepares and serves the tea. The serving of mint tea to the guests always happens in a ceremonial form and is considered as a sign of hospitality and friendship. Refusing the mint tea offered to you would be perceived as impolite.  Mint tea is also a vital part in all business transactions, ceremonies or celebrations in Morocco and is often referred to as ““Whiskey Berbère” (Berber whiskey).

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Morocco’s national drink is fairly easy to prepare but hard to serve.  It only takes green tea, fresh mint leaves, sugar and boiling water to make it. When it comes to serving it, things get more complicated. Mint tea must be poured into the glasses from high above. This serving method aerates the tea, enhances the mint flavour and helps loose tea leaves swirl to the bottom of the glass. It is also considered as a way of showing respect to the guests.

 

Apart from the amazing aroma and great taste of it, mint tea offers multiple health benefits too! It is a powerful antioxidant, can relieve symptoms of indigestion and congestion and has calming properties.  It can also help clear up skin disorders, relieve minor aches and pains and contains lots of vitamins and minerals.

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Moroccan mint tea is an authentic recipe that has survived throughout many centuries and is a delight for anyone who’s tried it. Its minty-sweet taste, deep scent, dark golden colour and its long history are just some of the elements that make it unique. Luckily for you, we understand that sometimes you need to just make tea at the comfort of your own home so we are sharing Zayane’s authentic Moroccan mint tea recipe below! Best part is you can enjoy it with some of our traditional Moroccan biscuits

 

 

Moroccan Mint Tea – serves 4

 

10 fresh mint sprigs, plus 4 for garnish

3 teaspoons green tea

3 tablespoons sugar

4 cups water

 

Boil 4 cups of water and pour a small amount of it in a teapot. Swish around to warm the pot. Combine the mint, green tea and sugar in the teapot, then fill it with the rest of the hot water. Let the tea brew, stirring the leaves occasionally, for 3 minutes.

 

Don’t forget, that the hard part is serving the tea, so make sure to try pouring it in the glasses from high above a couple of times before inviting your friends over!

Our New Low-Sugar Cocktails!

When it comes to getting healthy, we all have that one thing we find especially difficult to cut out or cut back on. For some it is bread, for others processed food – but one of ours will always be sugar. This is often because sugar is one of those sneaky ingredients which sneaks into food without you noticing it – from allegedly “healthy” breakfast cereals to burgers, sugar is everywhere. So, we have decided to help you out here at Zayane, by introducing our new range of low-sugar cocktails.

The Zayane

Iced Green Tea scented with Jasmine & Mint, Orange Blossom and Sparkling White Wine

This light, fresh cocktail is full of aromatic flavours and, as a result, goes perfectly with our Chicken Pastilla and Roast Almonds Starter, so why not pair them together for a truly refreshing experience?

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Ginger Elixir

Gin, Ginger, Lemon juice and Honey

The perfect pick-me-up for a cold London day, this truly is an Elixir. Enjoy with our starter of Fried squid with chilli and fresh herbs for a pairing which is sure to wake up your tastebuds.

No. 2

Scotch, Grapefruit, Pomegranate juice, a dash of Orange Bitters, Orange peel

Beef and scotch is a classic combination, so we recommend pairing our Number 2 cocktail with our spiced fillet of Beef with wilted spinach and prunes. The sweet fruits complement each other and the whiskey marrying beautifully with the spices on the meat.

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No. 3

Rum, Kale, Iced Pineapple

Matching this cocktail to our Sweet Potato tagine with carrots, shallots, red pepper, tomatoes, prunes is a deceptively delicious combination, considering how nutritious it is!

No. 4

Vodka, Pineapple juice, Lime juice, Agave nectar and fresh Tarragon

Russian vodka and seafood are a match made in heaven, so we recommend enjoying a Number 4 with our Fish of the day Tagine, with Moroccan ratatouille and Red Charmoula, the freshness of the pineapple and the lime, cutting through the rich spice of the chermoula marinade.

No. 5

Vodka, Celery, Cucumber, Lettuce, Lemon, Ginger, Apple juice

The clean, fresh flavours of the Number 5 make it a perfect pairing for our sautéed King Prawns starter with garlic and chilli. So vibrant, it almost tastes like Spring!

Which of our low-sugar cocktails would YOU go for? Get in touch on Facebook or Twitter and let us know!