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Spearmint or Peppermint for Mint Julep Recipe?

Mint Julep Recipe

Peppermint for Mint Juleps

Spearmint or Peppermint – which is best for Mint Juleps?

There’s always a debate about this. Spearmint is traditional, and sweeter than peppermint. Peppermint contains a lot of menthol, which makes it taste stronger.

Peppermint is used in a lot of medicines, and also in toothpastes, peppermint candies and chewing gum. Spearmint is much milder in flavor and is used more in the culinary area, and is used to flavor chewing gum and candy.

As for my Mint Julep recipe, my Mint Juleps are flavored with my heirloom peppermint!

Mint Julep Recipe

Make a simple syrup:

1 cup water
1 cup sugar
a generous 1/2 cup roughly chopped spearmint leaves
4 ozs good bourbon

Combine water, sugar and spearmint leave in a pan and bring to a boil and cook until sugar dissolves.

Let cool, then strain.

Fill your frozen goblets (or even regular glasses, not frozen) with crushed ice and pour about 4 ozs good bourbon and 1/4 cup mint syrup in each. Go to taste on this! Top each julep with a sprig of mint and a straw which has been trimmed to barely come up to the top of the cups.

Peppermint Plant - Perfect for Mint Julleps

Peppermint Plant – Perfect for Mint Julleps

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