Homemade Stevia Extract

Liquid stevia extract is a relatively easy tincture to make at home, and it is a much cheaper alternative to the store bought versions. If you grow your own stevia, you can preserve the leaves while still fresh to make the most potent extract. This is my basic stevia recipe, and it is suitable for kids and pregnant women as the alcohol cooks out.

I get dried stevia leaf from Mountain Rose Herbs, or you can preserve your own.

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Homemade Stevia Extract
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Recipe type: Tincture
  • 1- Quart or pint glass jar with lid (both boiled to sterilize)
  • fresh or dried stevia leaf
  • enough vodka, rum or everclear to fill the jar (at least half of the total size of the jar)
  • a cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer
  • small sauce pan
  1. Put the fresh or dried stevia leaf in the jar, filling it ⅔ full.
  2. Pour vodka/rum/everclear over the leaves to fill the jar and put the lid on tightly.
  3. Put in a place where you will see it and leave for 36 hours, shaking occasionally. (I put on the counter and shake every time I'm cooking) Leaving it for longer than this seems to make it bitter.
  4. Strain the liquid into the small sauce pan (it will be greenish-brown)
  5. Turn heat on low and bring to a simmer. Important: do not boil! It will ruin the taste!!!
  6. Simmer for about ½ an hour, stirring constantly and making sure not to boil. It will thicken. When it gets to your desired thickness, remove from heat.
  7. Store in small jar in the fridge for up to 3 months.

This can be used in baking recipes like Crock Pot Cheesecake or Pumpkin Cheesecake. It is also great in coffee, tea, chai lattes or pumpkin lattes. It is pretty much the only sweetener we use in our house and by making it ourselves, we avoid the bitter aftertaste in the bleached store versions.

Do you use stevia? Ever made it? Share below!

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Reader Comments

    • Tanya says


      Vanilla extract is done in the same way by putting whole vanilla beans in alcohol such as bourbon, vodka and letting it sit, adding new bean skins whenever you’ve scraped them for other recipes.

    • says

      I bought some organic agave but have never used it. I have been reading about the problems our livers have processing fructose and am trying to reduce it in my diet. Agave is almost all fructose. I don’t think I’ll be using it any time soon.

  1. Melanie says

    Can you grow your own stevia in your home?  I so don’t have a green thumb but I love stevia and this could sure save us a lot of money!!!  thanks!

  2. says

    I have used Stevia for years, back when I first started using it about 10 years ago the only one I knew of was soo bitter it had chrysanthemum extract added. Now its everywhere and not as bitter however I was concerned if it was actually better. Thinking that perhaps it is more processed, so the thought of making my own really appeals to me, I will definitely be making this! I was wondering if u could use the dried stevia to make a powder, or do u use it straight?

  3. Qaya1351 says

    hi im wondering if you have heard about stevia leaf being used as an anti fertility herb. ive used a powder form of stevia for at least 15 yrs and its one that its not completely white so its much better than most white powder forms. it can be so expensive so i was hping to use the leaf and try the tinture you have done but i read tghat using it in the green natural form causes infertility issues. not sure what stevia to use. we are hoping to get pregnant. any recommendations?

  4. Candace says

    Why is this only good for 3 months and why refrigerate? I thought alcohol based extracts were basically good forever.  Are you cooking off the alcohol?

    • says

      It does change it when you cook off the alcohol. If you skip that step, they do last forever. The cooked version may last longer than that too, but that was the longest any of mine lasted before we ran out, so I didn’t want to say they could last longer when I hadn’t tested it…

  5. Rachel says

    I’ve seen lots of comments around the internet about homemade tasting grassy.  Do you find this to be the case, or not?  Or is it something that you’ve just grown accustomed to and are not bothered by?  I have a stevia plant growing and thought I’d give this a try but have other things I’d like to put in alcohol, too, for later use :)

  6. Pegmedi1 says

    Tried this and it cooked for hours but never thickened and I simmered it all the way down to practically nothing? What could I have down wrong?

  7. Mlinggam says

    Hi, i don’t know whether i missed something, but how many leaves do you use, if using freshly plucked stevia leaves? thanks!

  8. Dana says

    Any chance of being able to do this with just water? I am sure the shelf life would not be near as long. What about the taste? Just curious. I would like to try both ways. Thanks for any help.

    • says

      You wouldn’t be able to use in in place of sugar in baking recipes because the consistency is different, but a couple of drops is usually equal to a teaspoon of sugar.

  9. says

    Where do you get those little dropper bottles? So, it’s ok that my extract is brown? I just used distilled water and a coffee filter with my dried stevia leaves.

  10. says

    I tested stevia and have to say I’m not a fan as the taste is too bitter
    but maybe it isn’t all bad? I think more research over a longer period
    of time is needed anyhow to really see the benefits and dangers. In Germany and the UK Stevia
    is very new to us, only was legally allowed in our countries dec 2011 so
    we’re being quite cautious about it. Plus there is only one powdered
    brand type at the moment and no liquid form unless we import it from
    America. getting hold of the leaves is impossible lol but interesting post! http://pudding-girl.de/about-stevia/

  11. Yolanda says

    I made this with fresh stevia leaves with vodka, just like you said and it kind of taste like grassy. Is that normal. I didn’t boil it or burn it at all. I also strained it.

  12. Kelly says

    Do you have any advice in flavoring? Looking to make this for gifts for coffee drinkers in my family who like flavored syrups. Could you add vanilla or mint extract or various spices and when in the process would you suggest doing that? Thanks so much, new to the DIY and loving everything I’m trying on your site!

  13. Deborah Williamson says

    I simmered the stevia liquid for an hour and it did not thicken. I finally just put it in a tincture bottle and into the fridge. Will it do what it needs to to be good? I did everything else right, I believe, accept that a family member opened the bottle once (for a second) before the 36 hours were up, thinking it was a jar of pickles. Will that interrupt the process?

  14. Colin Acres says

    This is a cool recipe… so, there are 16oz in a pint, 64kcal per oz of vodka (I think that is the least caloric). So per tablespoon its about 32kcal?

  15. Kristine Charbonneau says

    I bought a green stevia powder (the leaves are pulverized, I’m assuming). How does that translate, measurement-wise with your recipe? Plus I won’t be able to strain it as it is already small particle. Should I even bother with trying to use it for the extract?

  16. Emily says

    Can you provide some more information on stevia itself? I saw on webmd that it can prevent pregnancy? It also suggested avoiding use altogether during pregnancy and breast feeding. What do you know about that?

  17. AJ says

    Any idea if this could be made with Apple Cider Vinegar or just water? I prefer non-alcohol based tinctures. Thanks!

  18. Denise Passero says

    I made this using a pint jar. it evaporates a LOT so I only cooked it about 20 minutes. Any longer and there would be none left. is that OK? Also, is this for your coffee or for cooking?

  19. Sarah says

    Hi. I was wondering about the thickness? Like syrup or vanilla extract or somewhere in between? Thanks to anyone that answers. :-)?

  20. Peg says

    I’ve tried making this myself twice with fresh stevia leaves and both times couldn’t concentrate it to get it sweet enough. Tasted a lot like the alcohol and not very sweet. Any thoughts?

  21. Andrew says

    This process works fine for normal stevia extract liquid. But is it possible to make it considerably more concentrated than this, like the commercial companies can do with powder?

  22. Stacie says

    Has anybody tried this with good results? I followed the instructions but thought it tasted really “herby” or like a super sweet tea, not anything like what I normally buy :(

  23. Julie says

    I made some with vodka & some with rum. The one with vodka tastes a wee bit grassy–like others said. Wonder if it is too many leaves?? I bought the stevia from Mountain Rose, so it isn’t a different kind of leaves.

    • Julie says

      A second thought–the stevia leaves I bought from Mountain Rose tasted great, but I saw a number of stems in with the leaves. Wondering if I should have sifted more carefully? I’d really love to make this work. So, if anyone has any great ideas, I’ll try them. I have 1 lb of leaves to use; might as well try figuring it out.

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