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Tunisian Mint Tea Recipe

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Mint tea
William Geddes

Mint tea

I first sampled this delicious, very sweet tea in an outdoor café in Tunisia. Its intense flavor is balanced by the earthiness of the pine nuts. Feel free to adjust the sweetness to your own preference.

Deliver Ingredients


  • 3 individual bags of black tea (or the equivalent in loose tea)
  • ¾ cups sugar, or to taste
  • 2 large handfuls mint sprigs
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts, for garnish


In a saucepan, bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Remove the pan from the heat, add the tea, sugar, and stir. Add the mint to the pot and let it steep, off the heat, for at least 5 minutes.

Strain the tea to remove the mint (and loose tea, if using). Serve warm or at room temperature in small glasses and garnish each glass with a few pine nuts.

Mint Shopping Tip

Keep both fresh herbs and dried herbs on hand. Dry herbs will last a long time, while fresh herbs have a short shelf-life.

Mint Cooking Tip

If you want the flavor of herbs in your food without the actual pieces, wrap them in cheese cloth and cook; discard before eating.