How to Make Your Own Mint Extract

I have a problem. 

I love mint. But I’m afraid mint does not love me back. No biggie. But it’s time I do something about it. 

You see, I cannot find a decent mint extract here in Manila.

My friend Kitty must have sensed my frustration she even offered so send me a bottle all the way from France. So sweet of her.

Anyway, I decided to make my very own mint extract. I made a big batch. I have a feeling I will be using it often. Here’s how –

Mint Extract:
Adapted from

What we need:

1 canning jar (the one I used can hold 2 cups)
Half a pound of mint leaves
Vodka (any brand will do, it should be at least 80 proof though)

1. Wash mint leaves well and let it dry for a bit.
2. Using a knife, crush/bruise the leaves, stems and all. I was very tempted to julienne the leaves to bring out all the mint-y goodness

3. Place the leaves in the canning jar.

4. Add the vodka.

*** this is as far as I went***

5. Using a piece of well-washed, new cheese cloth, strain (and discard) the leaves from the infusion after three to four weeks.

Tonight, I will dream about all the mint-y goodies I will make three months for now.
York Peppermint Patties, a Chocolate Mint Cake, Mint and White Chocolate Cream Pies, Mint Semifreddo, and oh, maybe I should make Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies and Mint Filled Brownie Cupcakes again. Sigh.  Okay, I’ll stop now.  My waistline is starting to complain.

Happy Cupcaking, 

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  1. says

    Thanks Teri! Lucky you, mint is a bit hard to come by here so I have to make an extract :)

    Nice! Do blog about it Barbie! :) I’d like to see it. It’s my next “extract” project :)

  2. says

    Hi Anonymous August 31, 2011 10:55 PM, I’m supposed to open mine last October 3rd but it was sealed too tight so up to now I still haven’t opened it :) Once I open it (I’m counting on my pops to open it) I’ll let you know how it goes 😀

  3. says

    You’re so right! I can’t find mint extract anywhere in Manila, too. I tried the mint-flavored lambanog but it didn’t produce the results that I wanted, no mint flavor actually. Thank you so much for this! :)

  4. Petitelien says

    Your photos so “sparkling”! We crush the leaves, stemps… or julienne them? I’m confused. Thanks for sharing!

  5. says

    Hey there! Just wanted to let you know we featured you in our Favorite Find Fridays post over at Whimsically Homemade. We used one of your pictures and linked back to you. If that’s a problem let us know and we’ll remove it immediately. Thanks for your great inspiration!

  6. Anonymous says

    Ive made some .i tastes great but i have one thing to ask. does anyone know how long can u use it for

  7. says

    I feel you when you said you can’t find a decent mint extract here, and it was good of you to share how to make one. :) I’ll be grabbing your recipe.
    Thanks a lot!

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