1/2 cup water
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon peppermint oil
OR 2 teaspoons peppermint extract (For stronger mint taste, add 3/4 teaspoon of peppermint oil or 3 teaspoons of peppermint extract)
3 cups Vodka
4-6 drops red or green food coloring (optional)
A sterile 1 quart container for the vodka to sit in while it infuses.
First make your sugar syrup by combining water and sugar in a small saucepan. Over medium heat, cook until the sugar is dissolved and liquid is clear, about 5 min. Let the sugar syrup cool completely.
Next, in a sterile quart jar with tight fitting lid, pour the vodka, sugar syrup, and peppermint oil or extract and stir well.
Store in a cool, dark place, allowing it to steep for 2 weeks. Turn the jar upside down every 2-3 days to mix, or remove lid and stir.
My homemade Vanilla Extract is changing color fast! Here's a pic at about 6 days.
I'm really excited to give it a taste in another 5 weeks!