I don’t know about you, but I always forget to restock my pantry with ingredients like mint extract when I run out. Then the holidays roll around and I’m baking away, and of course the recipe calls for mint extract, which of course I’m out of. So I make a mad dash to the store at the last minute to find they are all out of the real mint extract and all they have left is the artificial stuff. Yuck!
This year, I decided to actually be ahead of the game for once and make some homemade mint extract. I’ve got a ton of mint growing in the yard right now so I don’t even have to buy any! And by setting it up now, it should be perfect for when December rolls around and holiday baking is in full gear.
I have three different mints growing in my yard this year- Spearmint, Peppermint, and Chocolate Mint. I decided I would make one bottle of each to see how each would turn out!
How To Make Mint Extract
You will need:
- Vodka (any brand will work)
- A bottle or jar
- Enough mint that when loosely packed will fill up the bottle/jar
- A funnel (optional, but makes things a lot easier)
- A chopstick or similar item if you’re using a bottle with a small neck
Rinse the mint and pat dry with a clean towel. Loosely pack the bottle with mint.
Fill the bottle with vodka so it completely covers the mint. Close the bottle and tap gently to loosen any air bubbles in between the mint leaves so they float to the top of the bottle. Add more vodka to the bottle if necessary.
Make a label to put on the bottle. I decided to get fancy and use some scrapbook labels and stamp the letters using a rubber stamp and ink pad. As you can see, my letter stamping technique leaves something to be desired! 🙂
Put the label on the bottle, put it in your pantry and forget about it for a few months. If you put one up now (July), it should be ready to use when holiday baking time rolls around.
I hope this will motivate you to try making some mint extract of your own so you don’t get stuck with the artificial stuff this holiday season! 😉
Please leave me any questions or comments you have about this below!