Morocco: How to Make Morocco’s Best Drinks

The three most popular drinks in Morocco are mint tea, fresh juice, and strong coffee. Here’s a guide to making these specialties without having to fly across the Atlantic:

The Infamous Moroccan Mint Tea 

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  • Green Gunpowder Tea
  • Sugar
  • Mint
  1. Boil eight cups of water.
  2. Put two heaping spoonfuls of green gunpowder tea into a teapot, preferably a metal Moroccan one. Add a small portion of the boiling water and swirl it with the tea. Then, pour that out into the sink. This helps reduce the bitterness of the tea.
  3. Pour the rest of the boiling water into the teapot.
  4. If you have large sugar cubes, add two now. If not, add eight tablespoons of sugar (or more or less—whatever you want!).
  5. Put the teapot back onto the stove and bring it back to a boil.
  6. Then, remove the teapot from the heat and pour it into a cup. Pour the cup back into the teapot. Repeat three or four times to ensure that the sugar is fully dissolved.
  7. You can add the fresh mint leaves to the teapot now or just to individual cups.
  8. When pouring the tea into a cup to drink, pour from high above the cup to ensure that the tea is aerated and has lots of bubbles on top.
  9. Drink with a side of melawi or some cookies!

 

Sweet Summertime Juice

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  • 4 peaches
  • 3 oranges
  • 2 cups of strawberries
  • Lemon
  1. Peel four peaches and remove the pits. Add to the blender.
  2. Remove the rind from three oranges and chop before adding to the blender.
  3. Cut off the stems from about two cups of strawberries and add the blender.
  4. Start the blender. Midway through mixing squeeze in a bit of lemon. Feel free to add water if the mixture is too thick.
  5. Enjoy!

 

Coffee Qawia (Strong)

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  • Espresso Beans (darker and shinier than ordinary beans) or ground espresso
  • Milk
  • Sugar
  1. Grind up your espresso beans, or just open your bag of ground espresso.
  2. Add water to the bottom section.
  3. Add one spoonful of espresso for every cup of water to the filter section.
  4. Screw the pieces together and place on the stove until almost boiling.
  5. Remove from heat.
  6. Warm milk in a saucepan.
  7. Pour a shot of espresso into a cup, add sugar if you wish, and pour in the warm milk.
  8. Try not to be conquered by this strong coffee!

 

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