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How to Make Peppermint Extract

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How to Make Peppermint Extract

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:

Peppermint Extract Recipe

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:

Crush the Peppermint Leaves

Crumble the peppermint leaves up in your hand to bruise them. This will help to release the oils. Then, place them in the jar.

Add the Vodka

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.

Finished Peppermint Extract

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.

Color of Peppermint Oil

Your extract will be a greenish-brown color when it’s ready for use. That’s perfectly normal.

Free Printable Peppermint Extract Labels

Printable Peppermint Extract Labels

Here are some free, printable labels, that you can use to share your peppermint extract with friends and family.

These labels are designed to fit full-sheet label paper. Use Avery 8165, if you have an inkjet, or Avery 5265, if you have a laser printer.

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.

Many web browsers have their own built-in PDF viewers, but they tend to be buggy. If you’re having trouble printing or editing one of our printables, click here for help.


  • 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 extract, vanilla extract and orange extract, so you’ll have lots of flavoring options when you bake
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How to Make Peppermint Extract

Peppermint Extract

Follow these simple steps to make peppermint extract from fresh mint. Makes a wonderful gift.

  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x


  • 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.

Keywords: vanilla extract recipe, how to make vanilla extract, how to make non-alcoholic vanilla extract

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.

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  1. I have a question about the peppermint extract. I tried making it two years ago and it turned an ugly brown. Is that normal or did I do something wrong? I ended up throwing the entire batch out. P.S. I find that peppermint extract works better than the shower discs in stores for easing nasal congestion. I just sprinkle a few drops in the bottom of my shower. The vapors and steam do the job nicely.

  2. These extracts look great. I hope to make them soon. How long will they last after making? Thanks.

  3. Thanks, Erin, this is great timing. My herbs are growing rather wild these days. Now, to remember where the liquor store is… LOL… and round up brown bottles.

    1. I don’t think it would hurt anything to add more peppermint. You might want to leave your first batch of leaves in there though, so you get all of the flavor out of them.

  4. I am new to your site, but loving it so far! I live in TN also ( very southern, middle). ? I am interested in making my own extracts. I’ve never tried before! I am thinking about making them for myself and gifts. I noticed that you have free labels (so awesome btw), but was wondering what size bottle they fit on?? The link takes me to Amazon, but there are so many different sized bottles. Lol. I was think of maybe using 4 oz bottles. Thank you!! ?

    1. Hi Kathy,

      Glad you stumbled upon my site 🙂 I made those labels to fit 4 oz. bottles, but they’d probably also fit other sizes. Hope you have fun making your own extracts. They make a great gift.

  5. Hi there,
    Just curious if the peppermint leaves HAVE to be fresh? or can they be store bought?

  6. Will this stuff turn peppermint ice cream pink like it is supposed to?
    I really do not like brown peppermint ice cream.
    Please let me know.

  7. I’m so excited about your website! Thank you for posting these recipes. So fun! I love the shower steamers and look forward to making some for myself. Now I can make peppermint extract from our peppermint!

  8. Hi Erin, your blog is great! I have been looking for a good recipe for Rum Extract. Would it make sense to mix 3 parts food-grade vegetable glycerin with 1 part rum? If not, do you have a good recipe or do you know where I can find a good recipe? Thank you — Camille

    1. Hi Camille,

      I haven’t made rum extract before, unfortunately; but I might have to do some experimenting 🙂 I just did a bit of research, and it looks like some of the commercial versions are made with glycerin, so that part definitely makes sense. The three to one ratio you suggested seems like a good starting point. The one thing I’m not sure about is how strong the flavor would be.

  9. Hi Erin,
    I’ve seen some recipes using 1tsp of sugar mixed with the vodka and lemon/orange zest. Does it make a difference on the final outcome?
    Exited to try your method.

  10. Thank You for the Extract Recipes. I just made some Peppermint Extract, from Peppermint Oil. and I have loads of Peppermint Plants, Now to find me some Oranges and Limon’s, still have a little Vodka Left. lol

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