Looking for a recipe to use up all that fresh mint you have growing? I have a festive homemade mint vodka recipe for you. It’s a super easy recipe and it is as perfect for happy hour as it is for a holiday gift! This is the time of the year to use up any mint plants before they freeze. It’s refreshing and makes a wonderful summer cocktail or adds a dash of adventure to hot chocolate in the winter!
Infused liquors are a great way to add flavor and nuance to your cocktail recipes. You can infuse almost any liquor with fresh herbs, fruit, or spices- the possibilities are endless! You can make Mint Vodka at home by following this recipe – it’s easy and fun for beginners.
Have you tried making infused alcohol before? Share your favorite concoctions in the comments below!
What is mint vodka?
Mint vodka is a liquor that gets its flavor from freshly picked mint leaves. You infuse the fresh leaves into some alcohol, vodka in this case. Mint pairs well with other popular flavors like lemon and chocolate for homemade cocktails or can be enjoyed by itself. You could make a ton of variations on this recipe.
Try making lemon vodka by using lemon verbena or lemon balm in place of the mint. The next one I’m trying out is lemon thyme vodka using lemon herbs and mint!
What do you need to make infused vodka?
I wasn’t kidding in telling you this was easy. You really just need 2 things vodka and mint.
- 2 cups vodka, but you can use any neutral spirit
- 1 cup fresh mint leaves (any variety will work, I’ve used orange mint, chocolate mint, and peppermint)
- 1 mason jar
How to Infuse Mint into Vodka for a Fresh Twist on Cocktails
Pour vodka over the mint in a mason jar. Tighten the lid and shake. Steep in a dark place for at least 5 full days and shake once a day. You can leave it for up to a month to get a stronger mint flavor. When the mint strength is what you want, strain through a fine-mesh strainer and put in the bottles you’d like to store or gift in.
What variations can I make?
Use a different liquor like rum, gin, or even bourbon if you want. It’s the same process. You can change up the herbs, spices, or even add fruits. Try using:
- and so much more!
How to use your infused liquor
Fresh ingredients make the best drinks and the best infusions too. Don’t forget that you can use this in hot or cold drinks depending on the season.
An easy cocktail is this mint vodka mixed with soda water, seltzer water, or club soda and lemon juice. Pour over ice cubes and garnish with lemon slices, a mint leaf, or a cucumber ribbon if you want to be fancy. It’s a simple and refreshing summer cocktail.
On a warm summer day, a vodka mojito could go a long way. Just add 2 ounces vodka to a cocktail shaker, lime juice, agave nectar or simple syrup, and a few sprigs of fresh mint you’ll include. Garnish with extra mint.
Make a mint syrup by heating up equal parts vegan white sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Add in the mint sprigs, take off the heat and leave until cool. Strain and store in the fridge. Try this is mint lemonade, coffee or tea, or hot chocolate.
Make a mint extract by combing 1 cup fresh mint with 1 1/2 cups vodka in a mason jar. Put in a dark place for 2 months, then strain. Use in baking or drinks just like you would store-bought mint extract.
Also, try my pineapple mint agua fresca, or this delightful slightly sour blackberry mint lemon switchel. If you have some fresh mint and lemon balm in your garden, this mint blueberry smoothie is a must-try too! All with no alcohol.
Fresh Mint Infused Vodka
- 2 cups vodka
- 1 cup fresh mint leaves (any variety will work, I've used orange mint, chocolate mint, and peppermint)
- Add all ingredients to a mason jar with a tight lid and shake. Allow to steep in a dark place for 5 days to several weeks. Shake once a day.
- Strain through a fine mesh strainer and put in the bottles you'd like to store or gift in.