Homemade Extracts

February 26, 2015

Have you ever wondered about how to make your own vanilla extract or any other kind of extract? Well, sure enough, I have. And to prove it, I made an entire blog post about it (this is it).


Not only is making your own extracts a fun activity but your finished product will look ten times prettier than what you’ll find in the store. What I loved most about this project was just how cheap you can make everything while store bought extracts cost a good chunk of change.


So now, if you haven’t already, begin to wonder about making your own extracts. You won’t regret it.


Homemade Extracts 

“A fun craft for delicious treats.”


Prep Time: 30 minutes                                         Total Time: 1 week                                 Makes: 4 ounces extract each    



  • 4 ounces Vodka (flavorless and cheap)

  • Lemon, lime, or orange peel;         1 ounce coffee grounds, or 1           ounce flaked coconut. 


  1. Over a bowl, strike hard with the back of a knife along the horizontal axis of a coconut (while rotating it after each strike) to crack it open. Place coconut halves underneath a cloth and break into smaller pieces (placing it beneath a cloth will prevent pieces from flying at you).

  2. Peel the coconut meat from the shell using a spoon. Wedge and wiggle the spoon between the shell and the fruit and eventually (be patient) it will slip under the meat and you can pop it out. From here, you may peel the brown skin off but it’s not entirely necessary.

  3. Chop coconut meat into tiny chunks (thusly there is more surface area to release flavors into the vodka).

  4. Fill container with coconut and cover with vodka.

  5. Store in an area away from sunlight and shake once a day.the first ingredient to the extract  is vodka. I would recommend buying the cheapest and most flavorless variety as the end result won’t be vodka anymore.


  *Save the rinds when you are cooking something else and plop them in some vodka later on. 

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