Mint Tea is vital to the social life of Morocco- a quick visit leads to trays of mint gunpowder tea heaped with sugar. Mint leaves are carted around Marrakesh precariously heaped being donkeys. Traditionally, tea glasses are made in Fez from recycled coke bottles, the regional style of glass.
1 tablespoon loose Chinese gunpowder green tea
5 cups boiling water
3 to 4 tablespoons sugar, or to taste
1 large bunch fresh mint (1 ounce)
Special equipment : a 1- to 1 1/2-quart teapot
Put tea in teapot and pour in 1 cup boiling water, then swirl gently to warm pot and rinse tea. Strain out and discard water, reserving tea leaves in pot.
Add remaining 4 cups boiling water to tea and let steep 2 minutes. Stir in sugar (to taste) and mint sprigs and steep 3 to 4 minutes more. Serve in small heatproof glasses.