Mint extract is a lot like my sweet tea vodka article. I got the idea on how to make homemade mint extract from the ladies at mylittlehomestead and you can definitely learn from them. Mostly watch them for their building videos, but I am entertained by their family energy.
Besides a little on winemaking, this site doesn’t have a lot of projects with alcohol, its less than 1% of my total posts, but alcohol is amazingly useful when used appropriately.
Its pretty easy to make this mint extract recipe
- Pluck the leaves from your mint. You don’t want stems
- Fill a mason jar with the leaves
- Top off the jar with a neutral spirit. I used vodka, but moonshine, ever-clear, or white rum would work.
- Next, Close the jar tightly and store in a cool place for a couple of months
- Then, Shake the jar every couple of weeks
- Lastly, strain out the leaves
Store extract in a tightly closed container in a cool dark place. You could use this in the homemade mouthwash I showed a while back. Or you could use it with your homemade sweet tea vodka for some designer drink. Of course, most people would just use this in cooking.
I have heard that this has medicinal uses for after meal bloating, but since I am noty a doctor I will let you decide that for yourself.
One thing I like to do with my mint extract is to add it to cucumber water for a refreshing no-sugar summer drink. For a diabetic that doesn’t like plain water, this is quite helpful. Just remember it does have alcohol content so don’t overdo it and then jump on a tractor. Now, with the alcohol content, this would go well with cocktails. I reviewed a nice copper Moscow mule mug that would benefit from some minty concoction.
Whatever you do, don’t add hot chocolate to a copper mug, the heat transfer properties will burn your mouth, but with a proper ceramic mug, hot chocolate with a dash of DIY mint extract would be very nice on a cold winter morning.
Personally, I don’t care how you use this Homemade Mint Extract, My goal is that you find this post useful. It is my hope you visit the guys over at my little homestead. I really enjoy their videos.
Just be careful how long you steep the leaves and to ensure the process is done in a cool dark place. To long, to hot, or to bright tends to make the finished product bitter.