Homemade Mint Extract is an easy and fun gift to give to people around the holidays, birthdays, wedding gifts, and more. Like Homemade Vanilla Extract, fresh Homemade Mint Extract needs to be started ahead of time. But, where as Vanilla needs to steep at least 4 months, Mint only needs 1 month! That’s over before you know it!
Extracts are always easy to make if you grow the plant yourself. And mint is a prolific grower. It will take over your yard if you let it.
So far I’ve made Vanilla, Mint, Stevia, and Lemon Balm extracts (the lemon balm is for a tincture I’m making), and they’ve turned out fabulous! What else should I try? I’d love some ideas.
Homemade Mint Extract
- Fresh Mint Leaves of choice (peppermint, cocoa mint, orange mint, etc)
- Glass Jar
- Prepare mint leaves by making sure they are clean and dry.
- Remove leaves from stem.
- Bruise leaves between fingers and add them to a jar, stuffing them down to ¾ full.
- Pour in enough vodka to cover the leaves. You can use organic vodka if you are concerned about gmo's. Or, just buy vodka that was made in a country that has banned gmo's, like New Zealand or Ireland.
- Close lid and place in a dark place for 1 month, shaking occasionally.
If you have dried mint leaves that you have kept from your garden, they can be used instead. Use the dried leaves in a ratio with the vodka at 1:4. So if you use one cup of vodka, use 1/4 cup of dried leaves. The dried leaves will need to steep for four months instead of one.
Use this wonderful mint extract in your favorite baked goods and candies, apply it to your temples when you have a headache, or drink 1 tsp when your stomach is upset or if you have gas. 😉 It also helps with bad breath. So many uses!