You may have seen examples of how to make homemade vanilla extract before. But how about cinnamon extract? Christmas is coming up, and these are the best gifts! Simple, creative, and thoughtful. And at just a little over $3/bottle, very cost efficient!
Here’s what you need (this recipe makes about 60 bottles):
(3) 1.75 liter bottles of vodka
(1) 16-oz bag of cinnamon sticks (I bought 2.5-inch sticks from HERE)
50 vanilla beans (I bought Madagascar Bourbon beans from HERE)
(60) 4-oz glass bottles with corks (I bought mine at Michaels)
Labels/ribbon for your bottles (I printed out THESE adorable labels on Style Me Pretty, and then just printed out blank circle labels for the cinnamon extract from a template HERE. You’re probably more creative than me, though, so you could do something cuter!)
First, assemble all your ingredients:
Next, cut each vanilla bean in half, and then slice lengthwise:
These are the vanilla beans I bought:
And the cinnamon sticks:
Next, put 4 vanilla bean halves (for a total of 2 full vanilla beans) into each bottle and pour enough vodka to cover the beans and come nearly to the top. Leave a little room for your cork so that it doesn’t touch the vodka:
Next, stick on a label, put on a ribbon and voila! You have this beauty:
For the cinnamon extract, place 3 cinnamon sticks in each bottle and cover with vodka just as you did for the vanilla:
And here is the beautiful finished product right after assembly:
Here’s what they look like after 2 days:
Every few days, give the bottles a shake to keep things mixed. Ideally, these will steep for 6-8 weeks, but I usually make them a few weeks before Christmas and then when I give them as gifts, let people know that the longer they sit, the better. Once the vanilla is gone, add more vodka and let it steep again for at least 6 weeks. You should be able to get another batch out of those beans. When the cinnamon runs out, just pop in a few more cinnamon sticks (remove the old ones), and fill with vodka again, and you’re good to go!
Wondering what to do with cinnamon extract?
*Stir it into applesauce for a yummy cinnamon flavor!
*Use it in baked goods to add a whole new dimension of cinnamon taste!
*Add a splash to your coffee, hot cocoa, or tea for a cinnamon-y surprise!