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Recipes for lemon, vanilla, orange, cinnamon, and grapefruit extracts. Lemon, vanilla, orange, cinnamon, and grapefruit extracts recipes. Download and print labels to give extract gifts. Homemade Extract recipes for lemon, vanilla, orange, cinnamon, and grapefruit extracts. Download and print labels to make your own extract gifts. Hi guys! As you can probably tell Jenny and I are way into Christmas and love giving homemade gifts as presents. We already shared with you a cute wrapping situation for one of our banana bread recipes, and today we thought we would do homemade extracts. We are giving you recipes for five different kinds: lemon, grapefruit, vanilla, cinnamon, and orange. So you can either made all five, or pick you favorite and go with it. Extracts are really easy to make, the only thing you really need to give it is time, these extracts take about two weeks to make. This is a perfect recipe for you plan aheaders. In addition to these great extract recipes, we also have the designs for the labels ready for you to download, as well as instructions for the super cute wrapping. Lets get started! First, make your extracts:

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Homemade Extracts
Makes 1 cup each extract

cinnamon extract:
1 cup brandy
4 cinnamon sticks
vanilla extract:
1 cup brandy
3 vanilla beans, split with the “caviar” scraped out
orange extract:
1 cup high quality vodka
peel of 5 oranges, ALL pith removed
lemon extract:
1 cup high quality vodka
peel of 5 lemons, ALL pith removed
grapefruit extract:
1 cup high quality vodka
peel of 3 ruby red grapefruits, ALL pith removed

1. For each extract ,sterilize a 16 ounce jar and fill with the cinnamon sticks, vanilla beans or citrus peels.
2. Pour assigned liquor over each jar and tightly seal. Gently shake each jar and set aside in a dark, cool area.
3. Allow mixtures to infuse for at least 2 weeks before, straining and bottling for use.

**Gently shake each mixture up every couple of days.

Now, lets get started on the packaging.

Here are the supplies:

1. Extract bottles. We really LOVE these ones! 8oz each.

2. Printable label sheets. We got these Avery labels that are full sheets.

3. Hemp Twine!

4. Silver Tinsle Pom Poms

5. Medium (5×7) Craft Paper Bags. Like these!

6. Our designs printed on label sheets.

Extras: Glue gun, scissors and or an exacto

Here is how you do it:

1. Decant the extracts into the bottles. I like to do this first so there isn’t any spillage on my freshly printed labels.

2. Print out the custom labels, and then cut them out. I used scissors for the ovals and an exacto and ruler for the Happy Holidays.

3. Label all of the bottles.

4. Cut some hemp twine. You can determine the length by wrapping some twine around the tops of the bottles and deciding how many times you want the twine to go around. After you cut the twine, tie knots at the end of each side and snip off the extra length. Then take your cute tinsle pom poms, squirt some hot glue on one, and then press the knot part of the twine into the hot glue. I used a food skewer to do this, but other long pockey things would work too. Repeat this until you have pom poms at both ends of the twine, and on all the twine you’re going to need.

5. Take out the craft paper bags. I cut the tops off of them for two reasons. First, I didn’t want the zig zag edge to be visible, and second, I wanted the bag to end at the bottle cap. I cut about an inch to an inch and a half off the bags. Then insert the bottles into the bags and twist the bags around until they fit tight. Fold the corners of the bag at the bottom under.

6. Take your twine, and wrap it around the neck of the bottle while trying to include the folds of the paper. Once you get down to the right amount of twine left over, tie it off.

7. Now you have your Happy Holiday printed bands out. Simply center the words on the front of the bottle and press firmly on the label in the middle. Then follow the label around to the back on the bottle pressing firmly one side at a time.

8. You’re done! Go make people happy and give them this cute stuff you just made!

  1. Tiffany Not Specified Not Specified

    This is seriously the best give-as-a-gift idea I have seen yet! LOVELY!

  2. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar Not Specified Not Specified

    Oh boy!! This is so fun!

  3. M.K. Not Specified Not Specified

    Such a good idea.

    Amazing labels and packaging AND sparkly pom poms!

  4. Yelle Not Specified Not Specified

    Love this! Definitely saving for next year for holiday gifts! I love the labels too – thank you for uploading!

  5. Michelle Not Specified Not Specified

    These are so cute! I love homemade gifts! And thank you for the labels!

  6. Katie @ Blonde Ambition Not Specified Not Specified

    Oh neat! Here I was planning on using your banana bread labels for gifts, but this is even cooler! Now I have some decisions to make :)

  7. Shelly Not Specified Not Specified

    Oh my goodness! I love this! I’ve made my own homemade vanilla extract and these others sound awesome! Cannot wait to try!

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  9. Averie @ Averie Cooks Not Specified Not Specified

    I love making homemade extracts and yours are gorgeous! Wow, lucky gift recipients who are on your holiday list!

  10. Erin @ The Speckled Palate Not Specified Not Specified

    Great idea, ladies! I’ve got some vanilla extract brewing, and I am SO excited to give these others a try!

  11. Cheri Not Specified Not Specified

    Love the way you wrapped the bottles in the brown paper. Great gift giving idea. Sometime you should try making the vanilla with Clear Creek pear brandy. Yum. Great to use in custards and white cakes or upside down pear cake.

  12. Devon Not Specified Not Specified

    My favorite post so far!!!

    I made vanilla extract for my wedding, so I’m excited to try these. And those labels, LOVE!!!!!

    Amazing as always!!!

  13. Connie Not Specified Not Specified

    Great post! I made my first batch of vanilla extract last year because I decided to buy vanilla beans online to make pastry cream/custard. The website I bought them from had really affordable prices, so I bought way more than I intended. I made the extract on a whim, and it was really simple. Now, I won’t use store-bought extract and I’ve converted several friends.

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  15. domestikate Not Specified Not Specified

    Love this, great idea. Who knew making extracts was so simple??

  16. Mimi Not Specified Not Specified

    I have made vanilla extract but never the others. Absolutely love these recipes and your craftiness. Thanks!

  17. Kathy@Playin with my Food Not Specified Not Specified

    I love giving homemade gifts and this one is sure to please everyone! What a great idea and packaging too? Fantastic!

  18. teawiththemoon Not Specified Not Specified

    What a great idea :D I’ve never known how this was done, and I love all the visuals <3

  19. Michele Meehl Not Specified Not Specified

    Love these! What are your favorite ways to use them?

  20. R.O.R. Not Specified Not Specified

    A friend of mine did these as her wedding favors! Love it! Well done. Maybe I should suggest it to the bride for the wedding I’m in next year.

  21. Summer for Swede Collection Not Specified Not Specified

    I just wanted to say that your photography and presentations on every post you do are just awesome! So highly skilled and talented at what you do. Wow.

  22. KATHERINE Not Specified Not Specified

    I will have to try these, use so much vanilla I should learn how to do this.

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  24. thecitygourmand Not Specified Not Specified

    I can see these being very handy gifts indeed, especially now that we’re all running out of ideas! This post reminds me very much of this site i stumbled upon earlier this week:

  25. The Food Hound Not Specified Not Specified

    LOVE this idea!! But I kind of want to make them all for myself :) Question- I am having a hard time finding pure coconut extract, and I refuse to buy the imitation kind. I know I can order it online, but I would LOVE to know if I can make it myself?? Any thoughts? Send me an e-mail!!

  26. krystal Not Specified Not Specified

    This will work in two weeks? I could maybe squeeze it in then. I though extracts took like 2 months!

  27. Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking Not Specified Not Specified

    What a perfect gift idea!

  28. Shut Up & Cook | The Attainable Gourmet Not Specified Not Specified

    absolutely spectacular. Adore edible gifts and these look like the cream of the crop!

  29. Samantha Not Specified Not Specified

    Hey there – I’m excited to make these for my kitchen and the holidays. What do you suppose the shelf life is on these recipes? Thanks!

  30. KaraHadley Not Specified Not Specified

    I had no clue it was this easy! I’m definitely making myself some extract tomorrow.

  31. shelly (cookies and cups) Not Specified Not Specified

    Love these!! I am definitely going to try this!

  32. Carolina Not Specified Not Specified

    Hey! great ideas!!!

    What do you use them for?? ♥

  33. Jennifer Not Specified Not Specified

    I’ve been looking everywhere on the Internet for a recipe for raspberry extract or bubble gum flavoring…. Any idea how I could make either of those?? Any info would be appreciated, even if you know a place to purchase either of these!!

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  35. Toni Not Specified Not Specified

    Jennifer, I have no clue how to make raspberry or bubble gum, but I do know you can purchase the little drams of both raspberry and bubble gum flavorings. LORANN OILS makes both of those flavors and many others. I use them when I make hard tack candy, I’ve also used them in cookies and other recipes. Hope that helps.

  36. Vicki Bensinger Not Specified Not Specified

    These are great flavors. I’ve made vanilla extract a little different than yours and larger quantity but love the smaller quantity and various flavors. Orange and Cinnamon sound delish. I love your labels. How do you get the letters that way? I’d like to be able to do that.

    Nice blog. It’s my first time stopping by. I will be back again.

  37. Tasha Not Specified Not Specified

    I have some vanilla extract sitting my a cupboard just waiting for Christmas to come! I want to try my hand at some other extracts as well–have you ever tried homemade almond?

    Another idea for the citrus zest is infusing table sugar with it. Put some minced zest in a jar of sugar. Shake every few days for a week or so (it will look slightly damp), dump it onto something flat to air dry. Break up any sugar cubes that have formed and put in a pretty jar. Try making an Orange Cocoa or coffee. Whatever you want to try it in!

    • Coco Not Specified Not Specified

      I have read that you cannot make homemade almond extract due to the small amount of arsenic (I think) that is contained in the almonds that becomes concentrated during the extract process.

      • katemonster Not Specified Not Specified

        Almonds contain trace amounts of cyanide. In fact, if you have the genetic marker to taste cyanide, it tastes like almonds.

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  39. Poupee Not Specified Not Specified

    Looks great to try. Do you have to sterilze or prep the extract bottles any special way after your online purchase before decanting your liquid off?

  40. Brenda Mc Not Specified Not Specified

    Hi, Great website—love the extracts, but question? well really 2 questions?
    1. Almond extract?
    2. All other recipes I found for Vanilla extract said it took 8 weeks. Yours is the only
    site I have found so far that has all the other recipes, labels, wrapping tips – yours is
    a one stop shopping site! Just wondering about the difference in time? and Almond
    recipe– I would greatly appreciate an email. thank you and I will be following you.


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  43. Elviira Not Specified Not Specified

    What a lovely idea! The holidays are now over, but I’m definitely going to give a try to these, maybe all of them. Well, you can never start holiday preparations too early… Thanks for sharing this!

  44. Andrea Not Specified Not Specified

    Is there a way to make this without alcohol?

  45. Dee Not Specified Not Specified

    Thanks for sharing this. As soon as my vanilla bean baste arrives, I will be making some extract.

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  48. Kim Not Specified Not Specified

    These sound wonderful, to keep and to gift. But, how can I make them alcohol free?

  49. ang Not Specified Not Specified

    love this! but what can i use it for?

  50. Jane Not Specified Not Specified

    Do you have a recipe for almond extract

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    Question: Can I substitute something for the alcohol?

    ~ <3 Anika

  53. Velina Not Specified Not Specified

    What is the shelf life??? And storage for these lovely extracts???
    I am going for it~~ thanks!!!

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  55. Luna Not Specified Not Specified

    That’s interesting! I’ve always made vanilla extract using high quality vodka, not brandy. I wonder what the taste difference is. I might give these a try and see!

  56. Katie Not Specified Not Specified

    So after you split the vanilla beans and scrape the seeds out, what do you do with the seeds? Do you add it all in the jar or just the scraped, “empty” beans?

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  58. Rita Not Specified Not Specified

    I was wondering the same thing about the scraped out seeds. Do you put them in with scraped out empty beans or use for something else?

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      You can do either, but because vanilla beans can be quite expensive I tend to save and store the caviar in an empty lipgloss jar ( you can get them at drugstores it online) and use for things like creme anglaise or custards. Good luck!

  59. Trish F Not Specified Not Specified

    No, you can not make extracts w/o using alcohol. It will all cook out when you bake/cook with it. Look at the extracts in the store they are all have an alcohol content.
    To Luna – I have always used a dark rum, I think by using different liqurors it will just take on a little different flavor.

    • Ellen Robertson Not Specified Not Specified

      I am a former newspaper food writer. According to the Mayo Clinic and Food Network sites, alcohol does NOT all cook out, even with very long cooking times. You are left with 5 to 85% alcohol AFTER cooking, depending on what it is.

  60. Karen Kaysen Not Specified Not Specified

    Do you use the same quantity as baking recipes call for?

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  62. Jade Not Specified Not Specified

    Anyone tried ginger extract?

  63. kristine Not Specified Not Specified

    Hello,thank you for this info.It is really a great help for me.And also is there anyway you can help me how to make banana extract and calamansi extract pls?Thank you.

  64. shelly Not Specified Not Specified

    I am wondering what the easiest way to get the pith off the rinds when you make citrus extracts, or.. should you just zest them?

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  66. edita Not Specified Not Specified

    Hi. Just a silly question. What will happen if I open to smell them everyday while during the first week? Thank you

  67. Robyn Not Specified Not Specified

    Wow! These are such great gifts! I’ll make them when I live in a country that sells alcohol …ho hum

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  70. Kaesi Not Specified Not Specified

    Your label link no longer works :(

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  73. Kay Not Specified Not Specified

    The label link still doesn’t work :(

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  75. Melonie Not Specified Not Specified

    Just discovered your site. Love it!
    I do have a question about extracts. I’ve often wondered about Apple Extract. Can an extract be made for Apples?

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  79. Dandy Not Specified Not Specified

    When you say remove all the pith… does that mean you are just using the zest?

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  82. Lucia Not Specified Not Specified

    That kind of extracts can be used in confectionery?

  83. Not Specified Not Specified

    Good post! We will be linking to this particularly great article on our website.
    Keep up the good writing.

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  85. Guilherme Santos Not Specified Not Specified

    I’m sorry the question butt this is extract is to be used how? In food for flavouring or some sort of perfume? I lovee the idea! It’s just I didn’t get if it could used as perfume or skin oil… but probably not… Sorry for the dum question :(

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      Not dumb at all! These are for food! Think vanilla infused baked goods, etc :)

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  88. christine Not Specified Not Specified

    Wonderful post & site! I’m wondering if you leave the pieces inside the jars when you gift or if they can/must be taken out? If you leave them in (to add a bit of aesthetic “homemade” appeal and perhaps for greater flavor over time) do you think they’d produce an adverse taste eventually? Thank you. :)

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  102. Sarah Not Specified Not Specified

    Thank you for this idea!
    I was wondering, do you need to strain the items out or could you leave them in to get stronger and stronger?

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  104. Arturo Arbaje Not Specified Not Specified

    Hello there!!!

    Can you make a coffee extract with this same procedure? I hope I can get a reply to my email.


    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      You can blend ground coffee with vodka and strain it to create coffee extract. I think soaking the beans for a few weeks should work as well, but the blending the straining method is just much faster! Good luck!

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  106. mary Not Specified Not Specified


    I’ve made the cinnamon extract and it looks and smells wonderful, however I can’t seem to find any recipes that use it? Any suggestions? (kinda looking for a cookie recipe)


    • Billie Not Specified Not Specified

      maybe a cinnamon bun/roll recipe? I don’t have any links but if you search some should come up :)
      hope you find some!

  107. Billie Not Specified Not Specified

    is this suitable for kids (does the alcohol wear off)?
    I think this is awesome btw! <3

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      Yes! The alcohol usually fully cooks off when you cook/bake with it, but if you’re nervous about it you can definitely substitute it with a mixture of 3:1, food grade liquid glycerin + water

  108. Luisa Adelia Not Specified Not Specified

    I have already made orange extract and vanilla extract as per your instruction. Both of extracts are delicious. Keep updating with amazing recipes.

  109. Lyla Hassan Not Specified Not Specified

    I tried making cinnamon extract and it was amazing … Will definitely try others as well soon

  110. Emma James Not Specified Not Specified

    Awesome guide to make cinnamon with the HOMEMADE EXTRACTS… Really Amazing. I am Cinnamon Lover! :)

  111. Sylvia Cheek Not Specified Not Specified

    Can you make banana extract

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