*  Exported from  MasterCook  *
 
                             Fresh Mint Liqueur
 
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 Serving Size  : 1    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Beverages
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
 --------  ------------  --------------------------------
    1 1/4  cups          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 1/2 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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