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Homemade peppermint extract

I saw this post on making your own peppermint extract on the blog Mexican Wildflower.  I’ve been smacking my hand on my forehead ever since because I can’t believe I didn’t think of this myself!  I mean, I’ve made Homemade Vanilla Extract before, why not peppermint as well?

I have a whole bunch of mint in a large pot near my garden.  Mint is invasive, so it needs to be contained, or you will very quickly become a mint farmer.  I picked a whole bunch (maybe 1/3 cup), washed it, “bruised” it a bit, then shoved it into the vodka bottle using a chopstick.

Let this sit and marinate for 4-6 weeks.

This is how the world would look if you drank too much peppermint extract

Even though I don’t drink, I think I’m going to welcome a small splash of this in my homemade hot cocoa.

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9 comments on “Homemade peppermint extract”

  1. Dang, I wish I had 4-6 weeks until Christmas. I guess this will be NEXT Christmas gifts. ;D

  2. Awesome! I’ve been looking for things to do with the mint in my backyard, this sounds perfect. And I picked up some cute little bottles at a thrift store a few months back that would be great for this.

    Just a quick question though: you mentioned that the homemade vanilla extract could last for a couple of years by adding some more vodka as you use it. Do you think the same goes for the mint? Or should we take the mint leaves out after a couple months? (Just wondering if the mint leaves go bad after long enough.)

    Thanks 🙂

  3. I would love to do this, but won’t the vodka affect me? How strong is this compared to store-bought extract? I always put either cinnamon or a couple drops of mint extract into my hot chocolates, but I don’t want to get boozed up in the mornings. Well, not every morning. Would I still only need a couple drops of the homemade extract to get the strong mint flavour?

    • Check your current extract; chances are it is probably alcoholic anyway. I just use a splash, and it doesn’t seem to impact me. And I can get drunk off of beer battered shrimp.

  4. Thanks! I know the store-bought ones have alcohol in them. I didn’t word my question well, but I was trying to ask if the amount of minty vodka I would need to flavour anything would be enough to get me tipsy. I’m also a super lightweight. I only add a couple drops of store-bought extract, so if I only needed to add a couple drops of homemade then that would be great. I could always add more mint to make the concentration stronger, right?

  5. Could this work somehow with elderflower? I tried elderflower gin at Christmas and OMG…MOUTH EXPLOSION!!!

    • I think you could, but it might turn out to be more like a tincture (herbal medicine steeped in vodka). Give it a shot, and see what happens. That is always my motto! ;-D