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Hot Milk with Louiza (Lemon Verbena)


Hot Milk with Louiza (Lemon Verbena)

Milk with Lemon Verbena (Louiza)

Photo © Christine Benlafquih

Hot Milk with louiza (lemon verbena) is popular in Morocco, and a nice alternative to coffee or tea. It can be sweetened to taste with sugar.

Lemon verbena is a fragrant herb known for not only its aroma and flavor, but also for a number of medicinal properties. In Morocco it's often used as an expectorant or to aid with digestion.

Although the name lemon verbena might imply a strong flavor, I find louiza to add a mild, sweet essence when steeped in hot liquids. I was surprised at how delicious Hot Milk with Louiza actually is.

Also try Moroccan Tea with Louiza.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Steep time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 8 minutes


  • Per serving:
  • 1 cup very hot milk
  • 7 to 10 dried verbena leaves
  • sugar to taste


Heat the milk almost to scalding and pour into a mug. Add the dried verbena leaves and leave the milk to steep for several minutes. Remove the leaves, add sugar to taste, and enjoy.

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