premier verre est aussi amer que la vie,
le deuxième est aussi fort que l'amour,
le troisième est aussi doux que la mort.
The first glass is as bitter as life,
the second glass is as strong as love,
the third glass is as gentle as death.
In winter sometimes leaves of wormwood (chiba
or sheeba in Moroccan Arabic) are substituted for (or
used to complement) the mint, giving the tea a distinctly bitter
Lemon Verbena (louiza in Moroccan)
is also used to give it a lemony flavor.