November 7, 2011
The holidays are only a few weeks away, and now is the perfect time to start making homemade mint extract. This mint extract takes less than 5 minutes to make, but it takes 30 days to sit in a dark space before it is ready for use – that means if you make some now, it will be ready just in time for holiday baking.
Not only does this project require little time from your day to complete, it only requires two ingredients and one supply. You may choose to use peppermint or spearmint leaves, and unlike the vanilla extract I made a few months ago, we will be using rum instead of vodka (although either is fine!). Just make sure that the alcohol is at least 80 proof.
1/4 cup mint leaves
1 cup 80 proof rum or vodka
1 air-tight glass jar for storage
Begin by bruising the mint leaves, which is basically crumpling them up in your hands. This process releases the mint oils from the leaves, which chopping the leaves just won’t do as well.
Place the leaves into your jar. Pour in your alcohol – make sure your leaves are covered. Any leaves that are sticking out of the alcohol and into the air could become rotten or moldy. Place an airtight lid on your jar, and shake around a bit. Store in a dark, cool place, swirling the jar around a bit if you get the chance.
After 30 days, you may strain the leaves from the alcohol, and the extract should be ready for use! I’m already imagining the minty lattes, cookies, and frosting I can make with this – here is a peppermint mocha latte recipe if you’re ready to get started. The extract would also be a sweet holiday gift bottled up in a pretty little jar.
What would you make with your own homemade mint extract?