Have peppermint growing in your garden? Go pick some, and use it to make your own peppermint extract. It makes a great gift during the holidays. Here’s what you do:
How to Make Peppermint Extract
Prep Time: 5 minutes
What You’ll Need:
Vodka (go with the cheapest bottle you can find)
A handful of fresh peppermint leaves
A pint canning jar
Brown glass bottles
What You Do:
Crumble the peppermint leaves up in your hand to bruise them. This will help to release the oils. Then, place them in the jar.
Pour a cup of vodka over the mint. Make sure the mint is fully submerged. Then, screw the lid on the jar, and store it in a cool, dark place for at least two months.
When your peppermint extract is ready, strain out the mint leaves, and pour the finished extract into brown glass bottles. This will protect it from sunlight.
Your extract will be a greenish-brown color when it’s ready for use. That’s perfectly normal.
Here are some free, printable labels, that you can use to share your peppermint extract with friends and family.
I like to print my labels on vinyl. This makes them waterproof and dishwasher-safe, so it’s easy for me to reuse the bottles over and over. If you decide to do the same, be sure to buy vinyl that’s compatible with your type of printer – whether that’s an ink jet or a laser printer.
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- Want to make peppermint extract without the alcohol? Just substitute the vodka with three parts food-grade liquid glycerin and one part water
- Peppermint extract can also be made from hard peppermint candies. Just drop a handful in the vodka, and proceed with the directions
- Make an extra batch to keep on hand for the next time you need a gift
- Save the bottles from your store-bought extracts, and refill them with your own extracts
- Whip up your own lemon, orange and vanilla extract, and you’ll have lots of flavoring options when you bake
Follow these simple steps to make peppermint extract from fresh mint.
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Total Time: 5 mins
- A handful of fresh peppermint leaves
- 1 cup vodka
- Bruise the peppermint leaves by crumbling them up in your hand. Then, place them in a jar.
- Pour vodka over the mint. Be sure the leaves are completely submerged.
- Screw the lid on the jar, and store it in a cool, dark place for a month (or longer).
- When your peppermint extract is ready, strain out the mint leaves, and pour the finished extract into brown bottles. This will protect it from the sunlight.
- To make non-alcoholic extract, replace the vodka with three parts food-grade liquid glycerin and one part water.
Want to learn how to make other types of extracts? This video shows you how to make vanilla, lemon and orange. It also shows you how to make non-alcoholic extracts.