Moroccan Mint Iced Tea Recipe (Video)
Iced tea is so refreshing on those hot days of summer. Today, I infused fresh spearmint from the garden in green tea. The invigorating fragrance of mint makes it pleasing to even the most refined palate.
I just finished filming the cooking tutorial. You'll see how easy it is to prepare. Sit back, watch, sip and relax!
Yields: 6 servings4 tea bags (or teaspoons) green tea
1½ cups superfine sugar (or granulated sugar)
5 cups water
1 quart ice cubes
3 cups fresh spearmint leaves (or store-bought fresh mint), tightly packed
For the Morrocan tea: Slightly bruise the mint leaves between your hands. Heat up 4 cups of water (see tips). Remove from the stove. Let cool until the water is at about 160°F (see tips). Add the green tea and let steep for 2 minutes (no longer!). Strain and discard the tea leaves. Place the mint leaves into the hot liquid. Steep for about 10 minutes. Strain the liquid and discard the mint leaves (if desired).
For the simple syrup: In a saucepan, dissolve ¼ cup sugar in 1 cup of water. This will give a nice amber color to the drink. Bring to a near boil, lower the heat and simmer for about 5 minutes. Let the syrup cool completely. Add to the Moroccan mint tea.
For the lemons: Juice the lemons. This should yield about 1 cup of juice. Set aside.
Assembly: Dissolve the remaining sugar into the tea. Combine the Moroccan tea and lemon juice. Strain the liquid through a fine mesh sieve (if necessary). Serve over ice in a large pitcher; garnish with fresh sprigs of spearmint and lemon slices.
I use Teavana green tea. To start with, always use filtered water. You don't want a chlorine taste. Heat up the water, but don't bring it to a full boil. The perfect brewing temperature is 160°F. The water should basically be bubbling a little and there should be some steam starting to rise whereas with black tea, you should reach a roaring boil.
Superfine sugar dissolves in the water more easily.
Green tea will taste best when steeping times last for about 2 minutes. Don't steep too long; otherwise it will alter its flavor and might bring a bitter taste.
You can strain the liquid before serving if you don't want the bruised mint leaves in the drink.Published By: on July 24, 2014.