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.)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mint leaves, rinsed and pulled from stems
  • 1 pint glass jar
  • 1 ½ to 2 cups vodka


Directions

  1. 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.
  2. Place the leaves in the glass jar and pour vodka over. Then put the lid on the jar and gently shake.
  3. Place the jar in a dark place and allow to extract for one month.
  4. 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).
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