Home Made Non -Alcoholic Mint Extract/Essence



I love the idea of making things from scratch. This mint extract is super easy and made with just 2 ingredients. It does take 4 long weeks to get ready though. But the result is totally worth it.

I loved how the vinegar had been completely infused with the flavour from those gorgeous mint leaves.

Does this work you may ask? Well I tried this in a mint lime candy and yay the flavour was bang on.

I am hoping it works in bakes too. I am pretty sure it is perfect for ice creams, sorbets and granitas.

So go ahead and get your glass jars ready.

Recipe inspiration – A dear baking friend Sapna [ who wondered why mint extract isn’t easily available in a place where mint leaves are found in every nook and corner]

Recipe source- Google baba

What i did with this extract – these delicious chocochip cookies and these yum lime & mint candy!


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Home Made Non -Alcoholic Mint Extract/Essence
Homemade non-alcoholic mint extract !
Prep Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 43200 minutes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 43200 minutes
  1. Wash and pat dry the mint leaves. [Place them on a kitchen towel under a running fan to remove the moisture]
  2. Transfer into a mortar and crush/ bruise the leaves with the pestle. This step is important for the mint extract to steep into the vinegar.
  3. Transfer the crushed mint leaves into a clean and dry glass jar.
  4. Pour a 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar over it and close the lid.
  5. Place it in a cool dry corner in your kitchen.
  6. Allow to rest for 4 weeks.
  7. The extract now should have a predominant 'mint' smell and not of the vinegar. [If you feel you may let it rest for a few days more]
  8. Strain the liquid and squeeze the remaining extract from the mint leaves to get all the flavour.
  9. Transfer into another clean and dry glass jar and use as required.
  10. Store the prepared mint extract in the refrigerator.
Recipe Notes
  • Bruising the mint leaves is an important step. Do make sure not to skip it.
  • Use a good quality apple cider vinegar for best results.
  • The jars and any other utensils used must be clean and dry
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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Annie Thomas says:

    can i use regular vinegar instead of apple cider?

  2. Akila Subramanian says:

    yes you can Annie

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