Cheers to Morocco

by Kayla Alen –
Since Morocco is a Muslim country by majority it's a bit surprising how popular alcohol remains. In stores you may find that the bottles of alcoholic beverages are covered in newspaper or black plastic to avoid overtly displaying items that much of the county finds offensive, but the alcohol remains.
Because of it's relatively low alcohol content, beer is the most popular alcoholic beverage as some religious people say that it refreshes the mind without making them drunk.
That said, beer is not the only alcohol available in Morocco, wine comes in second and has more of a history in the county.
Probably the most popular drink in Morocco actually has no alcohol at all and it is full of tradition. Making green tea with mint is considered an art form and sharing it with friends and family, an important ritual. Even beyond the making of the tea, pouring the tea is crucial as well. Moroccan tea pots are designed to aid in this and have elongated spouts allowing the tea to be poured from a height.
If you've got a sweet tooth have a go at making some of your own:
What you need:
2 tablespoons green tea
5 cups boiling water
1 bunch fresh mint
1 cup sugar (mmm)
and what you do with it:
Place tea in teapot
Pour in boiling water
Cover and steep 2-3 minutes
Wash mint under running water and add to pot
Steep for 3-5 minutes
Add sugar
Enjoy with friends

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