26 Feb Homemade Mint Extract
The subtle fragrance of mint is irresistible. Internally it’s refreshing and soothing – the perfect remedy for a heavy meal or a hot summer day. Adding fresh mint to water has been the craze for a while now but you can also bottle up this friendly green to make your baked goods and cocktails taste even better. (Hint: It’s a simple recipe but takes a month of waiting time, so you need a bit of patience.)
- 1 cup mint leaves, rinsed and pulled from stems
- 1 pint glass jar
- 1 ½ to 2 cups vodka
- Gently bruise the mint leaves by grinding with a mortar and pestle (or by rubbing the leaves between your fingers). This will encourage the oils to release from the leaves.
- Place the leaves in the glass jar and pour vodka over. Then put the lid on the jar and gently shake.
- Place the jar in a dark place and allow to extract for one month.
- Once the wait is over, use a funnel to pour the extract through a fine mesh strainer into a smaller bottle (preferably dark-colored to preserve the extract).