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

Sarah - let them be small November 10, 2016 - 9:25 am

I’d never have thought of making something like this but I bet it smells amazing!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 10, 2016 - 9:39 am

It really does smell just like Christmas Sarah – we made a liqueur version too which is also lovely 🙂

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Jen Enoch October 15, 2016 - 2:48 pm

I love this idea, it’s new to me so I know own my family will be impressed! So, about those pine needles, I’ve never heard of this. I think I’m going to make this and try some different recipes. Thanks for this unique idea.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders October 23, 2016 - 11:03 am

We were so pleased with how it turned out – and it’s even better this year now it’s matured – it smells amazing!

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Fionnuala November 15, 2015 - 8:31 pm

Fantastic idea! I really like the sound of this.
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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 17, 2015 - 4:08 pm

It’s got a lovely flavour – we’re putting it in everything, even used it to marinade some meat on the weekend!

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Jenny Eaves November 15, 2015 - 8:02 pm

This sounds amazing, great idea to make cakes and desserts a little more special. I love that you used pine needles too, that’s definitely one of my favourite Christmas smells!
Thanks so much for linking up to #HowtoSunday 🙂 x

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 17, 2015 - 4:10 pm

Would be perfect for adding to something like shop bought mincemeat to make it a bit more special. We had lots of fun going around an arboretum trying out all their different pine needles – people must have thought we were mad!

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Cheryl @ ReimerandRuby November 15, 2015 - 6:46 pm

Wow! I didn’t know making a homemade one is as easy as this… such a wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing! #HowtoSunday

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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 17, 2015 - 4:12 pm

We’ve been making Vanilla Extract too, in different alcohol bases which has been fun 🙂

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