This weekend I stopped at my tea pub to specifically pick up this Moroccan Mint tea as a base for my own homegrown mint that I have in pots on my patio.
I love to fix the traditional Middle Eastern sweet, hot brew now and then if someone drops by.
While in the shop I taste tested a pot. The mint was just right and minty enough to drink when my own stock of fresh mint runs low. Furthermore, the mint isn’t bitter (mint can be bitter if dried incorrectly or if the blend is not the right type of mint) and the gunpowder is mildly smoky.
Last night, my granddaughter Megan needed a break from her 5 brothers. She came to spend the night with buddy Grandma.
This morning was the opportunity I was looking for to try out my Moroccan Mint/home grown mint in a pot with lots of sugar.
(I cut down on the sugar by doing a 50/50 mix of splenda and sugar)
First I placed 2.5 TB tea in my brew basket in a 32oz glass pot. Then while the water was coming to a boil, I went to the garden and broke off 2 long stalks of fresh mint, rinsed, tore it with my hands to release the flavor, then put it in with the tea. The water was poured over the tea and steeped for 3 minutes.
Two mugs of deep golden liquor were poured, steaming with the scent of sweet mint. Megan and I hovered adding lots of sweetening until the right high level of sweetness was reached to balance the mintiness.
This is how this tea is meant to be. Hot,very sweet and sipped slowly on a hot day by the pot.
One of my best tea memories is drinking this tea with my friend Randa in San Francisco for hours and hours. The pot was full of mint leaves, always refilled with more and more water and the bowl was always full of sugar.http://flic.kr/p/cyh4kw
The Moroccan Mint tea was perfect this morning with my granddaughter, providing an experience that I hope will be a special memory for her also.
The tea was sweet before adding sugar but got so much better with the sugar added.
My tongue stung a little but I liked the feeling.
The tea was creamy. (She noticed that and I didn’t…good for her!)