Moroccan Mint Tea

1 tablespoon loose gunpowder green tea or loose leaf black tea 
5 cups boiling water 
3 to 4 tablespoons sugar or to taste 
1 large bunch fresh mint 
1 to 1.5 quart teapot 



1. Put tea in teapot and pour in 1 cup boiling water, then swirl gently to warm pot and rinse tea. Strain out and discard water, reserving tea leaves in pot. 
2. Add remaining 4 cups boiling water to tea and let steep 2 minutes. Stir in the sugar to taste and the mint sprigs. Steep 3 to 4 minutes more. Serve in small heatproof glasses.