Come to read later, stevia is actually fairly difficult to grow. I'd only planted two, and one did very well with minor tending.
Thursday, I harvested my stevia plant. I soaked and rinsed it well to remove dirt and bugs... there was a big stink bug hiding among the leaves. Yikes!
Then, I chopped up the leaves and the less woody parts of the stems and shoved it all into a clean mason jar.
I added Everclear - about twice the amount of it than there was stevia, and let it sit for about 24 hours or so, shaking it up whenever I happened to walk by.
After it steeped, I strained it. Yes, it really DOES look like lime Kool-Aid.
Then, I heated the liquid at a gentle simmer for 30 minutes to cook off some of the alcohol, let it cool, then used a syringe to put them in dropper bottles. I can't wait to use this for coffee and tea!