This Moroccan Spiced Mint Tea Julep cocktail recipe post is sponsored by Cost Plus World Market. It features a sweet and spicy simple syrup, Moroccan mint iced tea, and bourbon.
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During our trip to Charleston, South Carolina in 2013, David and I were introduced to Mint Tea Juleps, made with a Sweet Tea Bourbon. As someone who absolutely loves drinks with mint, these were just my style. They seemed to pack less of a punch than traditional Mint Juleps and they had that great sweet tea flavor you come to expect in the South.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise to all of you that I had no issues with helping myself to a second glass.
I’ve enjoyed a few Mint Tea Juleps since my visit to Charleston, but recently, while I was shopping at my local Cost Plus World Market, I became even more inspired. So often when I am shopping at Cost Plus World Market, I became fascinated by all the foodie finds – it always has such interesting international food and ingredients from cuisines all around the world. On this trip, I spotted Moroccan Mint Tea bags. That was all it took for inspiration to hit and a new version of Mint Tea Juleps to be born: Moroccan Spiced Mint Tea Juleps!
Not only did I find plenty of flavor inspiration at Cost Plus World Market, but can we just look at these glasses! They are their Moroccan Tea Glasses – so fitting for this cocktail. They come in a variety of colors but I went with this gorgeous teal color.
In Moroccan cooking, there is many spices that are frequently used. For this cocktail, I decide to make use of 3 main ones: ginger, cinnamon, and cloves. Paired along with mint, they are especially wonderful and complimentary.
To make your own Spiced Moroccan Mint Tea Juleps cocktail recipe, you’ll need these spices and a few other things. I was able to purchase just about everything at my local Cost Plus World Market: Numi Moroccan Mint Tea Bags, World Market Cinnamon Sticks, World Market Cloves, and the The Ginger People Ginger Chips. You’ll also need bourbon, fresh mint, and granulated sugar.
There is two parts to this Mococcan Spiced Mint Tea Julep that must be done in advance of cocktail time. The first is to brew some Moroccan Mint Iced Tea.
You’ll also need to make a batch of the Moroccan Spiced Simple Syrup in advance.
It is made with granulated sugar, water, cloves, a cinnamon stick and ginger chips. Oh…and those ginger chips?? I’m becoming rather obsessed with them. I can see those making an appearance in my holiday baking. 🙂
The simple syrup ingredients are simmered on your stove top for about 8-10 minutes. Once it has cooled, the large pieces are strained out, leaving behind only the sweet and fragrant spiced syrup for your cocktail.
To make each cocktail, fresh mint leaves are muddled in the glass. “Muddling” the mint leaves crushes them again the glass, releasing their flavor. I’ve never had a muddler — I’ve always just used the end of one of my wooden spoons, which you can do too, but I found this super cool Rabbit Spring-Loaded Push Muddler at Cost Plus World Market and had to have it. It makes muddling SO easy.
Using a jigger to measure your ingredients (I picked up Rabbit Adjustable Jigger at Cost Plus World Market), pour in your simple syrup, bourbon and the Moroccan Mint Iced Tea. Add ice, serve, and enjoy responsibly!
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Moroccan Spiced Mint Tea Juleps Cocktail Recipe
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- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 cinnamon stick, broken into pieces
- 3 whole cloves
- ½ cup crystallized ginger chips
- 4 Moroccan Mint Tea Bags
- 16 ounces water
- 4 parts iced mint tea
- 2 parts bourbon
- 1 part Moroccan Spiced Simple Syrup
- 3-5 fresh mint leaves (additional for garnish, if desired)
- In a small saucepan, combine all simple syrup ingredients and bring to a simmer on low heat. Continue to simmer for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Let syrup cool. Pour syrup through a fine mesh strainer and into an airtight container; discard solids. Syrup can be refrigerated for up to 1 month. Makes about 10 ounces of simple syrup.
- Bring 16 ounces water to a boiling in a small pan on your stove top. Remove from heat and steep tea bags for 8 minutes. Fill a 32 ounce pitcher with ice. Pour hot tea over ice and chill until ready to use in refrigerator.
- Place mint leaves in the bottom of an 8 ounce glass. Using a muddler or the end of a wooden spoon press the mint leaves into the bottom of the glass. Add simple syrup, bourbon, and tea. Top with ice and optional mint garnish.
Want more delicious Moroccan Cocktails? Check out this recipe video featuring Katie Workman:
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For your convenience, here are the links to the products used in this post:
| Tall Moroccan Tea Glasses | Ginger People Baker’s Cut Crystallized Ginger Chips |
| Whole Cloves World Market® Spice Bag | Cinnamon Stick World Market® Spice Bag |
| Metrokane Rabbit Adjustable Jigger | Golden Yellow Buffet Napkins |
| Metrokane Rabbit Push Muddler | Square Rattan Chargers |
| Antique Painted Finish Wood Tea Boxes | Blue Tile Ceramic Tapas Dish |