Homemade Mint Extract

My garden is jam-packed with mint this year, so I decided to make my own extract for holiday baking. Making your own extract is super easy, but it takes four to six weeks to develop. Fall is the perfect time to combine your ingredients and forget about them until it’s time for your holiday baking!

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Traditional homemade extract is made with Vodka, which is totally fine for baking because the alcohol content bakes out, but I also wanted a non-alcoholic version for hot cocoa. Here are the 2 recipes I used- one traditional and one non-alcoholic:

Non-Alcoholic Homemade Mint Extract
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons honey or agave syrup
Instructions
  1. Pull 1/2 cup of mint off the vine. Rinse and pat dry.
  2. Massage mint in your hand or lightly crush with a spoon to bruise. Place in Mason Jar.
  3. Pour 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar and 1/2 cup of water over the mint. Put on the lid and shake vigorously. Make sure all the leaves are covered in liquid.
  4. Put in a cool, dark place (I put mine in the pantry) and shake every day to release the mint into the liquid.
  5. Check the mixture every 2 weeks. It could take up to 6 weeks to get the strength you’d like.
  6. When the mixture is ready, put a coffee filter or cheesecloth over a clean Mason Jar and strain the liquid. You can squeeze the cloth to get the last bit of flavor out of the mint leaves.
  7. If you prefer a sweeter extract, warm up the liquid and add a little honey or agave syrup. Let mixture cool before pouring back into the jar.

You can use this extract just as you would a store bought version. Cookies, hot cocoa, exciting protein shakes- be creative!

Homemade Mint Extract
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 cup Vodka
Instructions
  1. Repeat all the steps above, replacing the water/vinegar combo with the Vodka of your choice. I used Svedka because I had it from an event, but I would highly suggest Veev. Veev is an amazing organic Vodka with a focus on sustainability. They also give a percentage of all sales to rainforest preservation.
  2. This version will probably be used for baking, so I wouldn’t suggest adding any sweetener at the end.

Let me know how your extract turns out! Enjoy!

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