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

Verily Victoria Vocalises November 14, 2015 - 4:57 pm

The smells have to be one of the best things about Christmas! What a truly brilliant idea. I shall have to try this 🙂 Thank you for linking to #PoCoLo x

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 14, 2015 - 10:04 pm

Isn’t amazing how a smell can instantly transport you to another place and time? With this recipe its really easy to personalise it to what Christmas means to you 🙂

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Jennifer November 13, 2015 - 2:51 pm

I bet this smells wonderful…thanks for sharing! #PoCoLo

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 13, 2015 - 7:45 pm

It really does smell yummy 🙂

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Louisa November 13, 2015 - 10:33 am

I had absolutely no idea that pine needles were edible although they are not something I fancy trying! I can just imagine how glorious your extract smells, Christmas has it’s own magical scent doesn’t it?

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 13, 2015 - 7:53 pm

It really does 🙂 . We did chew on a couple of pine needles to see what they were like before we made the extract, and they tasted how you would imagine really – apparently they are loaded with Vitamin C!

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Lianne November 13, 2015 - 9:36 am

Ooh wow this sounds fab! Love a festive smell!! 🙂 #pocolo

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 13, 2015 - 7:55 pm

It really does smell and taste wonderful 🙂

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Emma T November 12, 2015 - 11:18 am

Sounds amazing. Definitely one to try, and great for presents

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 12, 2015 - 11:39 am

We make hampers for our family every year, so that’s whats its meant to be for, although we keep sampling the liqueur version so I’ve had to put another batch on!

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