Mint Extract

I use mint extract a lot during St. Patrick’s Day. Last year a friend of mine showed me how to make homemade mint extract and I have been making it ever since. It’s really easy to make, but you just have to be patient, as it takes almost 2 months to make. Give it a try!


Ingredients needed:

  • Fresh mint bunches- enough to fill a mason jar
  • A mason jar
  • Vodka (enough to cover all the mint)

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Start by removing the leaves from the mint stems. Once the mason jar is filled to the top, muddle the leaves to release the natural oils from the leaves. I used a wooden spoon to muddle the leaves.

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Pour the crushed leaves with vodka. You want to make sure that the leaves are completely covered by the alcohol.

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Seal the jar and store in a cool dark place for 8 weeks. Try to remember the shake the jar every few days or so to stir the mixture. Once the 8 weeks have passed, strain the liquid from the leaves and store as you would store bought mint extract. Enjoy!