DIY Creme de Menthe

Homemade creme de menthe tastes and smells like fresh mint. It completely blows away the commercial stuff, and it's totally simple to make.

Notes:
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.

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DIY Creme de Menthe

About This Recipe

Yield:Makes almost 3 cups
Active time:10 minutes
Total time:22 hours and 10 minutes
This recipe appears in: DIY vs. Buy: Should I Make My Own Creme de Menthe?

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves (divided)
  • 1 1/2 cups vodka
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water

Procedures

  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    After steeping is complete, strain mint leaves from infused vodka. Return infused vodka to the jar.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    Take the additional 1/2 cup of mint leaves, tear them, and add them to the jar. Shake and let steep for 10 hours.

  5. 5

    Strain twice to remove all mint leaves, keep in resealable bottle.

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