North African-style mint tea

North African-style mint tea
  • Serves icon Serves 4
  • Time icon Ready in 10 min

Traditional North African mint tea should be served very sweet. This recipe uses fresh mint and serves 4 and is ready in 10 minutes.


  • 4 heaped tsp gunpowder tea (see tip)
  • bunch of fresh mint
  • 4 tsp caster sugar


  1. Heat the kettle until nearly boiling (tea should not be scalded).
  2. In a teapot, add water to 4 heaped tsp gunpowder tea (see tip) with a bunch of fresh mint and 4 tsp caster sugar. Leave to brew for 2-3 minutes. To serve, stuff an extra mint sprig into each glass, then pour over the tea.

delicious. tips

  1. The leaves for gunpowder tea are withered, steamed, rolled into pellets, then dried; this helps lock in the aromas.
    Gunpowder tea is available from Whittard, Fortnum & Mason, Selfridges, Amazon and specialist tea shops.
    Rare Tea Company’s Whole Leaf Green Tea is a good substitute.
    Also, if your tumblers have no handles, fold a paper napkin into a triangle, then wrap it around the glass and twist the ends.
    Serve in tiny ornate glasses or larger ones with a metal handle.


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