How to Make Your Own Extracts


Cinnamon Extract

Ready In: 2 weeks
2 1/2 tablespoon cassia cinnamon shards

4 oz. Everclear or Vodka

Combine ingredients in a jar. Shake daily for two weeks.

Hazelnut Extract

Ready In: 1 month
1/4 Cup Hazelnuts, skinless, toasted

1/2 Cup Everclear

Pour hazelnuts into a skillet to toast. This should take about 5-7 minutes on a medium heat. If any hazelnuts looked burned do not use them.
Once cooled, chop the nuts coarsely.

Place chopped hazelnuts and alcohol in a jar and close tightly. Allow at least one month before using.

Lavender Extract

Ready In: 1 week
1 tablespoon lavender buds

4 oz Vodka

Combine the ingredients in a jar and twist the lid on, shake, and place out of direct sunlight.
Shake daily for at least one week.
Strain through a sieve lined with a coffee filter. Repeat as necessary.

Vanilla Extract

Ready In: 2 months
3 vanilla beans

8 oz. Vodka or Bourbon

Use kitchen scissors or a sharp paring knife to cut lengthwise down each vanilla bean, splitting them in half, leaving an inch at the end connected.
Put vanilla beans in a glass jar or bottle with a tight fitting lid Cover completely with the alcohol.
Give the bottle a good shake every once in a while. Store in a dark, cool place for 2 months or longer.


Recipe Credit: Cherry Tea Cakes

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