I use vodka each year to make my own homemade vanilla; I’ve also used vodka to make sour cherry cordial. This year I decided to try making mint extract. Since I’m not growing my own mint yet in our new garden I found an excellent source of mint at the local Farmer’s Market. In making your own mint extract you only need two ingredients mint leaves and vodka. What could be easier?

Mint Extract


1 cup of fresh mint leaves
1 ½ to 2 cups of vodka


Rinse the mint and pat dry. Remove the leaves from the stems. Crush the leaves using your hand or a wooden spoon.You will need 1 cup of crushed mint leaves. Place the leaves in a clean pint size jar. Fill the rest of the jar with your vodka. You want the mint leaves to all be covered.

Put a tight lid on the jar and store in a dark, cool place for two months. Strain the vodka and pour into some small decorative jars. Keep one for yourself and give the rest away! Making mint extract is so easy, especially if you have an abundance of mint in your garden.Coarsely chop the mint leaves.

Wondering how to use your extract? Use mint extract in cooking, it is a delicious addition to baked goods such as brownies, cookies and cakes. Make your own peppermint ice cream! Mint extract can be added to tea for a refreshing pick me up. You can even use it as a household cleaner, just add 2 tsp of peppermint extract to 1 cup of water and use in place of a commercial spray cleaner.

I think I’m going to have to investigate making other kinds of extracts, such as almond or orange. Have you tried making your own extracts before?

4 comments on “Making Your Own Mint Extract

[email protected] on July 31, 2019 12:31 pm

Love this idea! If I make the vodka and mint now it will be ready for the holidays! Thank you Nancy! laura

Lisa Lombardo on July 31, 2019 1:55 pm

This looks great, Nancy! I have a ton of mint taking over one section of my garden so this would be a great way to use it. 🙂

Miz Helen on August 3, 2019 9:38 pm

I am looking forward to trying this mint extract, it sounds great! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great week and come back to see us real soon!
Miz Helen

April J Harris on August 5, 2019 8:44 pm

This is wonderful, Nancy! I much prefer your recipe to the idea of a store bought concoction full of chemicals! Thank you so much for sharing your Mint Extract with the Hearth and Soul Link Party.

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