Peppermint Extract

Servings

240ml

Prep

5 min

Cook

- min
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Since I started making my own vanilla extract, I thought why not I make my own peppermint extract too? Same procedure.

Peppermint

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.

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Left : Taken on September 13th 2015.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup Peppermint
  • 1 cup Vodka

Step By Step Peppermint Extract

Directions:

  1. Wash and pat dry mint leaves.
  2. Roughly tear mint leaves.
  3. Add it into a clean jar and pour vodka in.
  4. Be sure to submerge the leaves.
  5. Cover and store in a dry and dark place (your cupboard).
  6. Give it a shake every now and then.
  7. 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.

Tips: 

  • 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!

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Peppermint Extract

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