A critical component of The Grasshopper Cocktail. Infinitely better than the vile neon green mouthwash that passes itself off as most commercial crème de menthe. The process takes a full day, but we assure you that it's worth it.
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Roughly tear 1 ½ cups of mint leaves, and place in a sealable jar with the vodka for 12 hours, shaking every once in a while during the steeping process. After 12 hours, strain out all the mint leaves using a fine mesh tea strainer and return the vodka to the jar. Bring water and sugar to a simmer until the sugar is dissolved, and let cool before combining with the vodka. Roughly tear up the remaining half- cup of mint leaves and place them in the jar with the vodka and syrup, steeping for another 12 hours. Strain out the mint leaves and place crème de menthe in a re-sealable bottle.