There are two varieties of mint growing in our front yard, one is spearmint and the other peppermint. I love both, but the peppermint is much better in my opinion for making a Mint Julep or Mojito alcoholic beverage. The spearmint is highlighted in the close-up photo and the peppermint is the larger image displaying the bushy growth near our paved sections. These plants were put into the ground last year and both died back after the frost during the winter but have come back this year with a vengeance. I have also helped them along by picking the tops to help promote a bushy growth structure.
I love picking some of the leaf tops and just chewing on them, really makes your breath fresh too! Besides extracting the oils for all the minty flavored or enhanced medicinal products on the market these days like toothpaste, shampoo and shave cream, fresh mint leaves are also used in teas and can help settle a stomach ache.
|2||Leaves||Fresh peppermint for garnish|
- Muddle the fresh mint leaves with the sugar until well crushed, allow to sit for a few minutes to release the oils into the sugar
- Add the ½ cup of crushed ice and stir well
- Add the bourbon and stir
- Strain the bourbon and ice over a tall up glass filled with crushed ice and add a splash of soda water
- Garnish with more fresh whole mint leaves