How to Make Amazing Christmas Extract

by Sarah - Craft Invaders

The inspiration for this Christmas Extract recipe was a home made Vanilla Extract recipe that I saw on Pinterest. When I realised how easy that was to make at home it got me thinking, and this is what we came up with.

Our Christmas Extract captures the wonderful smell and taste of Christmas in a bottle. Use in cakes, cookies, pies and cocktails. Our own original recipe - the true essence of Christmas!

We started making our extract at the end of August, so that we could give our concoction time to develop it’s flavours, and ensure that it would work – and it does! This is our own original recipe, our aim was to produce an extract that has all the aromas and flavours of Christmas concentrated into it – add a teaspoon to cakes when baking, mince pies, cocktails, desserts or anything else you can think of.

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How to Make Amazing Christmas Extract

Our Christmas Extract captures the wonderful smell and taste of Christmas in a bottle. Use in cakes, cookies, pies and cocktails. Our own original recipe - the true essence of Christmas!

  • 50g Molasses
  • 50g Dried Cranberries
  • Zest of half an Orange
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 3 pieces Mace
  • 3 Cloves
  • 6 Allspice Berries
  • Handful of Pine Needles
  • 250mls Brandy

Our Christmas Extract captures the wonderful smell and taste of Christmas in a bottle. Use in cakes, cookies, pies and cocktails. Our own original recipe - the true essence of Christmas!

Bruise the spices and pine needles in a pestle and mortar, and add to a jar with the molasses, cranberries, orange zest and brandy. Pop on the lid, and give it a good shake.

Our Christmas Extract captures the wonderful smell and taste of Christmas in a bottle. Use in cakes, cookies, pies and cocktails. Our own original recipe - the true essence of Christmas!

Leave in a dark place to infuse for at least 4 weeks, giving it the odd shake when you think about it. We tasted it every so often to check how it was developing, and although we didn’t feel a need to adjust it, you could easily do so.

Our Christmas Extract captures the wonderful smell and taste of Christmas in a bottle. Use in cakes, cookies, pies and cocktails. Our own original recipe - the true essence of Christmas!

Once you are happy with the taste of your extract, strain through muslin and bottle. The flavour of your extract will continue to mature and mellow over time.

Our Christmas Extract is dark and syrupy, and smells like Christmas trees and mince pies, check out our own unique, easy to follow recipe. Would make a fantastic, original gift.

Our Christmas extract is dark and syrupy, and smells like Christmas trees and mince pies, which is exactly what we hoped for. It is very concentrated, and we plan to use it in exactly the same way you would any other extract. When we made it we also made a liqueur version, with exactly the same ingredients but with the added addition of Vodka – here is the recipe for our Christmas Spirit.

Our Christmas Extract is dark and syrupy, and smells like Christmas trees and mince pies, check out our own unique, easy to follow recipe. Would make a fantastic, original gift.

 

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40 comments

Charlotte Oates November 11, 2015 - 11:57 pm

Oh I just love the idea of a Christmas extract – I’d use it all year round to cheer myself as I’m always happy at Christmas 🙂 Actually perhaps I should switch to the Christmas spirit, that definitely sounds like it would perk me up!

Such a great idea, it’s made me smile just thinking about it.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 12, 2015 - 11:22 am

It’s amazing how a smell transports you straight to a place isn’t it? The spirit is super yummy, I’m making more as I’ve half drunk everyone’s Christmas pressies already!

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Rebecca November 11, 2015 - 9:09 pm

What a fantastic idea! I wish I could scratch and sniff the computer screen, I bet essence of Christmas smells absolutely amazing!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 12, 2015 - 11:24 am

It really does smell great 🙂 We made a liqueur version too which tastes gorgeous x

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Honest mum November 11, 2015 - 3:30 pm

Oh wow this is the perfect accompaniment to cakes and festive cooking. Thanks for sharing

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 12, 2015 - 11:27 am

It’s a lovely way to add a little something to a dish. We have a liqueur version too for when you want the Christmas taste without the effort of cooking first!

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chellie November 11, 2015 - 2:31 pm

This is lovely! How creative. I’ve always wanted to make vanilla extract, but I haven’t yet, I’ll have to add this to the list as well! Brilliant!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 12, 2015 - 11:30 am

I have vanilla essence steeping for the first time as well at the moment – doing it in 3 different spirits to see which works best x

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Lynn Spencer November 11, 2015 - 2:16 pm

Intriguing! I’ve made my own vanilla extract for years, but think I may need up my game a bit. You gave some ideas on how to use it and I’d love to know what specifically you have used it in.

Thanks, Lynn

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 12, 2015 - 11:31 am

All the ingredients are listed in the post, but you could adapt it to include whatever Christmas means to you. We also made a liqueur version which is yummy 🙂

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