Sunday, July 3, 2011

Making Peppermint Extract

I'm growing peppermint in a pot on my porch rail... it's easy to grow and if not kept trimmed, tends to get leggy. I trimmed it up today and made some peppermint extract.

It's super easy... here's what I did...

10 or 12 sprigs of peppermint (I'm guessing here, use what you have)
1/2 to 1 cup vodka

Peppermint keeps growing and bushes out as it's trimmed... smells SO good!

I rinsed the loose dirt and things from the peppermint then spread it on a towel to dry a little. Then I stripped the leaves off the little branches and rough chopped the leaves. This sorta starts the juices flowing a little.

Using clean, sterilized half-pint canning jars and clean, sterilized lids and rings (simmer them for 10 minutes or so and keep hot)... simply put the chopped peppermint leaves loosely into the jar.

Add vodka to about a half inch from the jar rim.

Put the lid on and tighten it, (no need to heat the ingredients or seal the jars) then give the jar a little shake.

Store the extract in a cool, dark place, giving the jar a shake every day for about six-eight weeks.

After six or eight weeks (give or take) the extract is usable... you can strain out the peppermint leaves through a fine wire mesh strainer or cheesecloth.

If stored in a cool, dark place, the extract will keep pretty much indefinitely.

Wouldn't some peppermint ice cream taste good? or add it to chocolate? or make some yummy peppermint candy? or maybe this winter added to coffee or hot chocolate? I can't wait to use this stuff!!!


  1. I have mint of many flavors growing, I think I will make up some of this in several different flavors!

  2. I just wanted to say that I have read a bunch of your blog posts in this one sitting and I think you deserve a huge thank you for sharing your knowledge! When I first started canning, gardening, raising animals and such on my little town lot (in ski country- not farm country) 6 years ago or so I was considered a bit of an oddity. Now that it all is making a comeback having wonderful people such as yourself who take the time to share all you have learned by doing- well you are priceless! I have a bunch of mint awaiting this next project and I hope that I never stop learning! Thank you again!

  3. Thank YOU rainajane for reading... it's wonderful people like you that keeps me motivated to put what information I learn out there. Thanks again! ~~Granny

  4. Possibly a stupid question, but does it end up tasting like alcohol when it's done? Is this basically just delicious mint vodka? Again, pardon my ignorance, I am very new to this.

    1. Well, you CAN taste the alcohol in it, but then you can taste the alcohol in store-bought extracts as well... it tastes like a store bought extract only fresher, if that makes sense.

  5. Will there be a difference if you use cheap vodka versus good vodka??

    1. I personally don't think it makes much of a difference, but some folks would argue with that. ~~Granny

  6. This is also known as the simplers' method of preparing Peppermint Tincture. This is a great plant medicine used for upset stomach......take 1 tsp for upset stomach 3 times daily. i always keep some on hand.

  7. I was wondering the other day if it was possible to make your own peppermint extract. Thank You so much for sharing how!

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