How to Make Peppermint Extract

Peppermint Extract

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

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  • 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.