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Mint Extract Recipe

Author: The Homesteading Hippy


  • Harvest your leaves by snipping off the stem.
    harvesting mint
  • Wash gently to remove any bugs or dirt. Homegrown mint is a typical place to find cocoons of local bug life.
  • Dry thoroughly to remove any water. You can do this by leaving it out at room temperature and running a fan over it to speed up the process.
    drying mint leaves in strainer
  • Slightly chop to “bruise” leaves to release oils.
  • Place clean leaves in a quart sized jar, packing tightly.
  • Cover with grain alcohol, such as vodka, leaving 1/2 inch headspace from the top of the jar.
    covering leaves with vodka
  • Cap tightly.
  • Store in a cool, dark place for 2-3 weeks, shaking daily.
  • After 3 weeks, strain out the plant matter, and bottle your extract.