North African-style mint tea
- August 2013
- 4 heaped tsp gunpowder tea (see tip)
- bunch of fresh mint
- 4 tsp caster sugar
- Heat the kettle until nearly boiling (tea should not be scalded).
- 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.
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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