I use mint extract a lot during St. Patrick’s Day. Last year a friend of mine showed me how to make homemade mint extract and I have been making it ever since. It’s really easy to make, but you just have to be patient, as it takes almost 2 months to make. Give it a try!


  • Fresh mint bunches- enough to fill a mason jar
  • A mason jar
  • Vodka (enough to cover all the mint)

Start by removing the leaves from the mint stems. Once the mason jar is filled to the top, muddle the leaves to release the natural oils from the leaves. I used a wooden spoon to muddle the leaves.

Pour the crushed leaves with vodka. You want to make sure that the leaves are completely covered by the alcohol.

Seal the jar and store in a cool dark place for 8 weeks. Try to remember the shake the jar every few days or so to stir the mixture. Once the 8 weeks have passed, strain the liquid from the leaves and store as you would store bought mint extract. Enjoy!