Creme De Menthe

1 1/4 cups fresh mint leaves, slightly packed
3 cups vodka
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup water
1 Teaspoon glycerine (optional)
8 drops green food coloring (optional)
2 drops blue food coloring (optional)
Yield: 1 quart.
Wash leaves in cold water several times.
Shake or pat gently dry.
Snip each leaf into halves or thirds, discarding stems.
Measure cut mint leaves to above measurement.
Combine leaves and vodka, steep for 2 weeks.
Shake occasionally.
Strain out leaves.
Boil sugar and water together, cool.
Add to vodka mixture, add optional ingredients.
Age 1 to 3 months.