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Homemade creme de menthe tastes and smells like fresh mint. It completely blows away the commercial stuff, and it's totally simple to make.
Since it's made with real mint, the liqueur is greenish-yellow. You can add food coloring if you'd like it to be greener.
Be sure there are no mint leaf fragments left after straining, as even a small bit can lead to off flavors in the liqueur over time.
The liqueur will keep for about 2 months. Refrigeration is not necessary, unless you'd like it chilled.
- 1 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves (divided)
- 1 1/2 cups vodka
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 cup water
Measure out 1 cup of mint leaves and tear them in quarters Place mint leaves in a sealable glass jar and pour vodka on top. Shake and let steep for 12 hours.
After steeping is complete, strain mint leaves from infused vodka. Return infused vodka to the jar.
Bring the water and sugar to a boil, and let simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool, then add syrup to mint-infused vodka.
Take the additional 1/2 cup of mint leaves, tear them, and add them to the jar. Shake and let steep for 10 hours.
Strain twice to remove all mint leaves, keep in resealable bottle.