I’ve signed up for National Blog Posting Month which means I’m blogging every day of November, 2013. Is this crazy? Possibly, but I love a challenge.

I mentioned this homemade mint extract recipe a while ago on my Facebook page but I figured I should share it here, as well, since not everyone who reads my blog is a follower over there. This simple mint extract was inspired by this recipe on Nourished Kitchen.

Homemade Mint Extract | Healthy Green Kitchen

I made a batch of this mint extract over the summer, but I am going to make some more while I still have the mint to give as gifts (we recently had our first frost and while most of my plants bit the dust, my mint and some other herbs are still going strong). You should make some, too: all you need to make homemade mint extract is fresh mint and rum (or bourbon or vodka)! And if mint extract doesn’t excite you, you can make vanilla extract instead (here’s a post from Simply Recipes which describes how to do that).

To make the mint extract: you simply pack the jar of your choice (in these photos, you see one that is 2 cups/16 oz/1 pint) with fresh mint leaves (give them a quick rinse and then pat completely dry; I left some stems on but you are free to remove them, if you prefer; some people chop them up, but I didn’t) and then pour the alcohol over the mint. I used rum when I made the jar you see here, but I’ve used vodka in the past. Place the jar in a cupboard for a month or two to allow the flavor of the extract to develop. If you get a jar of mint extract started now, you can use it this winter.

Your homemade mint extract will last for a long time. You don’t have to strain out the herbs (though you can if you want to); you can compost them if you do strain them out.

Ways to use this fresh mint extract: add a little to hot chocolate, use it to make mint chocolate chip ice cream, or Chocolate Mint Mousse.

Homemade Mint Extract | Healthy Green Kitchen

Related posts:
DIY Mint Extract Recipe from The Prairie Homestead
Homemade Mint Extract from Health Starts in the Kitchen
8 Ways to Use Fresh Mint in Dessert from Serious Eats


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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — November 2, 2013 @ 11:44 am

    I love the idea pf homemade mint extract. I can never drink enough mojitos to use up all of the mint in my garden! :)

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    Winnie — November 2, 2013 @ 12:53 pm


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    Kim — November 2, 2013 @ 12:42 pm

    I love this mint extract you made! I bet it tasted delish! I know this is off topic a bit but we make our own wine. It isn’t anything like making mint extract but it tastes fantastic! I will try your mint extract next time we pick up some mint at the store! http://www.purplegoo.ca/index.php/risotto-and-making-blueberry-blackberry-wine/

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    Winnie — November 2, 2013 @ 12:52 pm

    Homemade wine sounds devine :)

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    Nicole — November 2, 2013 @ 1:47 pm

    I had a huge mint plant over the summer but I forgot to water it one too many times during a heat wave and it never recovered. I’ll be trying this next spring for sure!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — November 3, 2013 @ 12:41 am

    This is the perfect use for what’s remaining on my mint plant, thanks for sharing!

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    gluttonforlife — November 3, 2013 @ 10:50 am

    Thanks, Winnie! Will run out now to salvage what’s left of my patch – any may try this with the lemon balm, too!

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    kitchenart — November 5, 2013 @ 4:13 pm

    what proof alcohol is best to use and can you use fresh citrus peel to make citrus extract

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    Loni — February 23, 2014 @ 2:02 pm

    can i use everclear

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    Mallory — June 25, 2014 @ 1:54 pm

    I tried to make this but my mint rotted in the vodka. I did use vanilla vodka instead of regular because it’s what I had on hand. Maybe I didn’t use enough vodka? Maybeithe leaves weren’t dry enough? Can anyone tell me where I may have gone wrong?