How to Make Your Own Mint Extract: 1/2 pound of mint leaves crushed, packed in pint canning jar, then filled with vodka (at least 80 proof). After 1 month, strain the leaves saving the minty vodka - aka mint extract.
Birch juice, either fresh or fermented - This “elixir of life” is poured into a wooden barrel and sprinkled with grains of barley. The seeds sprout, creating a green cover, but the juice ferments with a special taste. Brown, fermented birch juice is a result of adding roasted rye bread crusts. Taste additives: black currant branches and peppermint. Nowadays birch juices are made with lemon and orange rind, raisins, cinnamon, etc. A skilled maker may even offer you birch champagne.