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tunisian mint tea

Serves 8
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.

  • 3 individual bags 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 sugar, and stir. Add the mint to the tea and pour the hot water over and let steep, off the heat, for at least 5 minutes.
Strain the tea to remove the mint. Serve warm or at room temperature in small glasses and garnish each glass with a few pine nuts.

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