Fresh mint liqueur

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Measure Ingredient
1¼ cup Fresh mint leaves, slightly packed *
3 cups Vodka
2 cups Granulated sugar
1 cup Water
1 teaspoon Glycerin
8 drops Green food coloring (opt)
2 drops Blue food coloring (opt)

* Grow your own mint. You can find it at any garden shops herb rack. Try different flavors. Orange mint is REAL good.

Wash leaves in cold water several times. Shake or pat dry gently. Snip each leaf in half or thirds. Discard stems. measure cut mint leaves, packing lightly.

Combine mint leaves and vodka in aging container. Cap and let stand in a cool place for 2 weeks, shaking occasionally.

After initial aging, strain leaves from liqueur; discard leaves.

In a saucepan, combine sugar and water. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Let cool. Add cooled syrup to liqueur base, stirring to combine. Add glycerin and food color; pour into aging container for secondary aging of 1-3 more months.

A real good aging container is ½ gallon canning jars. If you want more of this get the book " Classic Liqueurs; The Art of Making and Cooking with Liqueurs " by Cheryl Long and Heather Kibbey.

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