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Learn how to make your own mint extract at home with this easy DIY tutorial.

Learn how to make your own mint extract at home with this easy DIY tutorial.

Making your own extracts is extremely easy to do, highly economical and makes a great gift.

Many people have heard of making your own vanilla extract, but making herbal extracts like mint are just as easy.

A few years ago, I planted two tiny chocolate mint plants in the corner of my flower bed, next to the front porch.

Now there is so much that I have to thin it out every year or it will suffocate all of my other plants. I have mint for days!

min in the garden

Besides throwing mints in my chicken coops, this is a great way to put some of that (sometimes invasive) abundance to good use.

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Learn how to make your own mint extract at home with this easy DIY tutorial.

DIY Mint Extract Recipe

To make your own extract you will need:

  • fresh mint leaves (Peppermint, Spearmint, or any other mint you might like. I used Chocolate Mint here.)
  • pickle packer (wood dowel)
  • vodka
  • a pint jar with lid
  • cheesecloth or muslin
  • storage bottles
  • a dark cabinet and time

Watch me make Mint Extract in this episode:

Instructions:

To make your mint extract, harvest a good bit of the fresh mint.

harvesting mint in the garden

Wash the plants with cold water to remove any dirt.

washing the fresh mint

Remove the leaves, discarding any dry or yellowed leaves and the stems, keeping the fresh green leaves.

plucking mint leaves from the stems

You will need a packed-full cup of leaves. Pack it down like you would brown sugar.

measuring the mint leaves

Place the cup of mint into a pint jar.

Use a “pickle packer” or dowel to mash the leaves. This releases the oils and helps make them more readily available to steep in the liquid. This is also called bruising or muddling the leaves.

mashing the mint leaves

Pour in 1 1/2 – 2 cups of vodka. Enough to fill the jar.

pouring vodka into the jar of mint

Close the jar and give it a shake. Label the jar with the contents and date you started the extract.

label the jars of mint extract

Place it in a cool, dark cabinet.

Now you wait.

Each day give the jar a shake – it’s okay if you forget now and again. But to help you remember, place it in a cabinet you go into all the time…like where the coffee cups are, if you’re me.

Wait 1-2 months. The longer you let it go, the more flavorful the extract will be.

After you have waited for what seems like forever, strain the contents of the jar through some cheesecloth or muslin. Discard the old leaves and keep the liquid.

Pour the mint extract into jars, preferably ones with amber glass (like these.)

Your homemade mint extract is ready for your recipes!

This also makes a great gift from the kitchen.

Try adding mint extract to chocolate recipes, like The Best Little Chocolate Cake or in Homemade Butter Mints.

Learn how to make your own mint extract at home with this easy DIY tutorial.

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Yield: about 12 ounces extract

DIY Mint Extract Recipe

Learn how to make your own mint extract at home with this easy DIY tutorial.

Learn how to make your own mint extract from fresh mint.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 2 months
Total Time 2 months 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 c firmly packed, fresh mint leaves (Peppermint, Spearmint, Chocolate Mint, etc.)
  • vodka
  • YOU WILL ALSO NEED:
  • pickle packer (wood dowel)
  • a pint jar with lid
  • cheesecloth or muslin
  • storage bottles

Instructions

  1. To make your mint extract, harvest a good bit of the fresh mint. Wash the plants with cold water to remove any dirt.
  2. Remove the leaves, discarding any dry or yellowed leaves and the stems, keeping the fresh green leaves. You will need a packed-full cup of leaves. Pack it down like you would brown sugar.
  3. Place the cup of mint into a pint jar.
  4. Use a “pickle packer” or dowel to mash the leaves. This releases the oils and helps make them more readily available to steep in the liquid. This is also called bruising or muddling the leaves. If you don't have the tool, simply crush the leaves in your hands a bit before adding them to the pint jar.
  5. Pour in 1 1/2 – 2 cups of vodka. Enough to fill the jar.
  6. Close the jar and give it a shake. Label the jar with the contents and date you started the extract. Place it in a cool, dark cabinet.

Now you wait.

  1. Each day give the jar a shake – it’s okay if you forget now and again. But to help you remember, place it in a cabinet you go into all the time…like where the coffee cups are, if you’re me.
  2. Wait 1-2 months. The longer you let it go, the more flavorful the extract will be.
  3. After you have waited for what seems like forever, strain the contents of the jar through some cheesecloth or muslin. Discard the old leaves and keep the liquid.
  4. Pour the mint extract into jars, preferably ones with amber glass, to block light and preserve flavor.
  5. Your homemade mint extract is ready for your recipes!

Notes

Homemade mint extract makes a great gift from the kitchen!

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2 thoughts on “DIY Mint Extract Recipe”

  1. Thanks so much for this. I have loads of several different mints and will certainly be doing this. Love your site. Thanks for all you do.

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