Make homemade mint extract with just two simple ingredients. Mint extract is a great tool to keep in the pantry, makes a gorgeous display on any countertop during the infusion process and is a thoughtful, inexpensive gift for all your kitchen-centric friends.

Our extract recipe only takes 10 minutes to prepare, then 8–12 weeks to infuse. Shake the mixture occasionally—once a week will do the trick—then once the fermentation process is complete—presto! Strain out the mint then seal the liquid in an airtight container to keep indefinitely. For more flavors, check out our recipes for lemon extract, orange extract and vanilla extract.

A jar of homemade mint extract.

homemade mint extract recipe

Homemade mint extract is easy to make and less expensive than store-bought mint extract.


Yield: 12 servings/tablespoons
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  • 1 bunch peppermint leaves
  • 1 cup vodka, good-quality


  • Chop mint leaves and add to a clean glass jar.
  • Cover mint completely with vodka.
  • Seal tightly and leave in a cool dark place for 8–12 weeks, shaking occasionally.
  • Strain and store the extract in an airtight container indefinitely.


Make sure the leaves are completely submerged to prevent the leaves from molding!
Calories: 43kcal, Carbohydrates: 0.04g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.004g, Potassium: 5mg
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