Margarita Mint is a pretty mint with bronze tipped leaves. It has a strong lime taste and is great for adding to a margarita to give it a special twist. Use as a garnish on top, add to fish dishes or guacamole. Or use it in any cocktail to add a nice accent of lime and mint.
Margarita Mint is less invasive then most mints ( because it does't spread by underground rhizomes). So you can plant in your garden or it makes a nice ground cover or border. The leaves can be dried and used for tea or sachets.
Mint Julep leaves are bright and big. They look great used as a garnish or decoration. Just place a stem of mint in a glass or cocktail. These plants, are invasive, so keep them in containers.
Here's some history about the Mint Julep Cocktail;
In 1815 an English Captain named Marryatt wrote about this famous drink that he had when he visited a wealthy Southern farm-owner. He was offered numerous different cold drinks made of Bordeaux, Madeira etc., but there was one made of mint that he praised. He described its preparation in great detail:
Into a stemless glass they put about dozen mint leaves and over them they pour fine sugar. On top of mint and sugar they pour either peach liquor or cognac so that the glass is filled about one third of its capacity. They then take cracked ice and fill the glass with it. The ones that want to indulge themselves moist the rim of the glass with pineapple and often the glass itself is frosted. When the ice has melted, the drink is ready to be enjoyed."
Mint Julep Cocktail Recipe
1 tablespoon fine sugar
1 tablespoon water
2 fl oz (5.7 cl) bourbon whiskey
Place 4-5 leaves of mint in a highball glass. Crush the mint, sugar and water together until the sugar is dissolved and the flavor of the mint extracted. Add the bourbon and fill the glass with crushed ice.
Stir until the outside of the glass is frosted. Decorate with a sprig of mint. Serve with straws.