Although Mint Tea made with spearmint is known as Morocco's national beverage, many other herbs might be steeped with green tea in Morocco. This recipe for Moroccan Tea with Sage ( in Arabic) is particularly popular during the winter months, and offers not only fragrant flavor but therapeutic benefits such as easing gastrointestinal complaints.
Use fresh or dried sage. The measures below are for a small pot of tea. Adjust sugar to your personal taste. Note that the recipe's directions simplify the steeping process; to make the tea more traditionally, follow the steps in the photo tutorial How to Make Moroccan Tea, but substitute fresh sage for the mint.
- 1 tablespoon green tea leaves, preferably gunpowder
- 1 large handful fresh sage ( leaves, or 1 teaspoon dry sage)
- 1/2 liter (about 2 cups) boiling water
- 1/4 cup sugar
- Boil some water. Rinse a small tea pot with about 1/4 cup of the water.
- Add the tea leaves and another 1/4 cup boiling water. Swirl the pot to wash and rinse the leaves, and discard the water.
- Add the sage and the sugar, and fill the pot with 1/2 liter (about 2 cups) boiling water. Leave the tea to steep for five minutes or longer; or, if your tea pot is stove top safe, you can bring the tea back to a boil over medium-high heat.
- Gently stir the tea, pour into small tea glasses and serve.