Since I started making my own vanilla extract, I thought why not I make my own peppermint extract too? Same procedure.
Christmas is in 2 1/2 months and I’ve got to start planning my christmas goodies and I intend to use my peppermint extract for some too. Imagine peppermint hot chocolate on a cold winters night, some peppermint meringues, peppermint sugar cookies and maybe some homemade peppermint ice-cream once I get my freezer. My freezer is a size of a shoe box and it’s always full with stuff. No space for ice-cream, which is very very sad for me.
It’s October now and the extract would be ready in a month or so. So if you want to use your own peppermint extract for Christmas, go get extracting! All you need is a clean jar, or a flip-top bottle, mint leaves, and vodka. I used a jar because it’s easier than stuffing the mint leaves into a bottle. Making your own peppermint extract is also a good way for using up peppermint if you grew them in your garden over spring and summer. I’m horrible at gardening but I will try again next year. I’ve only been successful with my chilli plant which I hope will survive winter. I’ve got about 10 chillies that slowly growing on my plant. Now, that’s what you call slow food.
- ½ cup Peppermint
- 1 cup Vodka
- Wash and pat dry mint leaves.
- Roughly tear mint leaves.
- Add it into a clean jar and pour vodka in.
- Be sure to submerge the leaves.
- Cover and store in a dry and dark place (your cupboard).
- Give it a shake every now and then.
- After a month or till it has achieved your desired taste, strain the extract into a clean bottle (a flip-top if possible) and your extract is now ready to be used.
- 1 cup vodka : ½ cup mint leaves
- Mint leaves will turn brown after a few days. Do not worry.
- If you want extra strong mint extract, simply add more mint to the extract.
- I will give an update when my extract is ready.
- Conversion Table
Enjoy and get extracting!