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A bottle of homemade peppermint extract with mint and lavender on a wooden board
Homemade Peppermint Extract
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Pressurizing/depressurizing
1 hr
Total Time
35 mins
 

Learn how easy and affordable it is to make your own Homemade Peppermint Extract! Homemade mint extract makes wonderful Christmas and holiday gifts.

Course: Condiments
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade peppermint extract, peppermint extract in the instant pot
Servings: 40
Calories: 16 kcal
Ingredients
  • 3 cups peppermint leaves packed
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 1 cup water
Instructions
Instant Pot:
  1. Rinse your peppermint leaves and add them to a canning jar. You may need to pack them in with a spoon to get everything to fit.m

  2. Pour vodka over the leaves. Add the lid and ring and tighten to fingertip tight.

  3. Place 1 cup of water in the Instant Pot and place a wire rack inside. Add the jars.

  4. Put the lid on the Instant Pot, set the vent to “sealing” and press Manual>high pressure>30 minutes.

  5. Allow for a natural release. Carefully remove the hot jars from the Instant Pot and place on a towel to fully cool. Store in a cool dry place and use in a 1:1 ratio as store-bought extracts.

Traditional Method:
  1. Rinse your peppermint leaves and add them to a canning jar. You may need to pack them in with a spoon to get everything to fit.m

  2. Pour vodka over the leaves. Put a lid on the jar and shake a few times.

  3. Store in a cool dark place, shaking once a day for the first few weeks. After that, shake it whenever you think of it.

Recipe Notes

You may notice that the extract still smells of alcohol after the extract process. This is normal and the alcohol smell should fade over the next few weeks.

 

Fingertip tight means you tighten the lid and ring and then loosen it just a tiny bit. This should prevent the jar from forming an actual seal. If that does happen, use a bottle opener and pop it loose when it has cooled. There is no harm in it sealing.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Peppermint Extract
Amount Per Serving (1 tsp)
Calories 16
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Potassium 19mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 0g
Protein 0g 0%
Vitamin A 2.9%
Vitamin C 1.3%
Calcium 0.8%
Iron 1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.