Mint extract is very easy to make. You just need three things: mint, vodka and a clean glass jar with good lid.
Start with a couple of handfuls of mint leaves (no stalks). It doesn't matter what kind. I have common mint growing here in a large pot so that's what I use. Use only healthy leaves.
Wash the mint, then scrunch up the leaves in your hands - you want to bruise rather than completely crush the leaves. This helps the mint to release its oil.
Place the mint leaves in a 500ml jar. Pour over enough vodka that all the leaves are covered. You will need about 2 cups of vodka. If you have any persistent "floaters" gently push them under the vodka with a skewer. Cover with the lid, shake, then leave in a cool, dark place for at least a month.
The longer you leave the mint to steep the stronger the extract will be. Once the extract is sufficiently minty strain out the leaves and bottle.
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