Cultured Palate: International Dishes from Morocco

12. Mint tea

It’s hard to find alcohol in Morocco. Instead, Moroccan mint tea is often jokingly referred to as “Moroccan whiskey” because it’s the country’s most beloved beverage — and its most ubiquitous. It’s simply green tea which is brewed with spearmint leaves, then sweetened with sugar.

It’s typically offered to guests as a gesture of hospitality — usually by the head of the household. Whomever is pouring the tea usually does so at a great height, so the liquid is aerated as it flows into the cup. Usually, three cups of tea are served sequentially, so you’re able to experience the flavor change from sweet and mild to quite bitter.

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