How to Make Vanilla Extract and More Homemade Extract, lemon extract and orange extract with printable labels.

How to Make Vanilla Extract and More Homemade Extracts

Once you make homemade extracts for baking, you’ll never need to buy store-bought again! With just vodka and a few ingredients, learn how to make vanilla extract and more homemade extracts (i.e. lemon extract, orange extract) for baking, with free printable labels. It’s also a great DIY gift for the holidays!

How to Make Vanilla Extract and More Homemade Extract, lemon extract and orange extract with printable labels.
How to Make Vanilla Extract and More Homemade Extracts

Once you make homemade extracts for baking, you’ll never need to buy store-bought again! With just vodka and a few ingredients, learn how to make vanilla extract and more homemade extracts (i.e. lemon extract, orange extract) for baking, with free printable labels. It’s also a great DIY gift for the holidays!

Homemade vanilla extract in a glass bottle with label.

I don’t know about you, but when I want to find a little escape in the day, I find that there is nothing more therapeutic than baking. Between kneading a dough, whisking ingredients, and the scent of something sweet in the oven filling the kitchen, it’s easy to forget your worries. It’s no wonder that stressed is desserts spelled backward!

The chemistry of following a recipe is soothing, and you know what brings instant joy? Opening that bottle of vanilla extract and the scent of cozy that greets your nose as you add it to a batter. I go through so many bottles and bottles of vanilla extract, and I realized, it’s been a while since I made homemade vanilla extract — it was time to revisit it, given how easy it is!

Vanilla bean in vodka for homemade vanilla extract in a bottle.

Making homemade lemon extract for baking.

But I couldn’t just stop there. Extracts made with lemon and citrus sounded like the perfect thing for spring — and since I already had a big supply vodka, well, I may as well stock up! It would be perfect for adding to Meyer Lemon Buttermilk Pudding or Lemon Spritz Cookies!

Free labels for homemade vanilla extract.

Homemade vanilla, orange and lemon extracts in bottles.

How to Make Homemade Extracts

If you’ve never made homemade extracts before, you are in for a big surprise. It is SO EASY! All you need is alcohol (i.e. 70 proof vodka, and it doesn’t have to be expensive, either) vanilla beans (or lemon zest, etc.) and time. That’s it. It makes me wonder why I buy vanilla from the store sometimes. In about 4 weeks, you will have extracts that are perfect for everything from desserts to cocktails!

Glass bottle of DIY orange extract.

While you’re at it, make some for friends and family! It’s the perfect hostess gift (especially if you’re like me, scrambling at the last minute for a gift) or DIY holiday present. I’ve made printable labels that are free for you to download and use! All you have to do is print it on a full sheet adhesive label (or simply use your favorite paper and glue), and tada!

Glass bottles of DIY orange, vanilla and lemon extracts.

Free Printable Labels: Homemade Extracts

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HOMEMADE EXTRACT LABELS

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How to Make Vanilla Extract (and More Homemade Extracts)

Once you've made extracts at home, you may never buy store-bought again! It also makes a perfect hostess or holiday gift!

How to Make Vanilla Extract and More Homemade Extract, lemon extract and orange extract with printable labels.
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Course Condiments
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 bottle
Calories 1746 kcal

Ingredients

Homemade Vanilla Extract

  • 7 vanilla beans
  • 8 oz vodka 70 proof

Homemade Lemon Extract

  • 1 lemon
  • 8 oz vodka 70 proof

Homemade Orange Extract

  • 1 orange
  • 8 oz vodka

Instructions

Homemade Vanilla Extract

  1. Split the vanilla beans lengthwise (or cut into 1" size pieces) and place into a container (a glass bottle works best). Fill the container with alcohol, preferably vodka, and let beans infuse at least 4 weeks, shaking gently every few days. Stored in a cool dark place.

Homemade Lemon Extract

  1. Use a peeler to remove the rind from a clean lemon and place into a container (a glass bottle works best). Fill the container with alcohol, preferably vodka, and infuse for 4 weeks or more, shaking gently every few days. Stored in a cool dark place.

Homemade Orange Extract

  1. Use a peeler to remove the rind from a clean orange and place into a container (a glass bottle works best). Fill the container with alcohol, preferably vodka, and infuse for 4 weeks or more, shaking gently every few days. Stored in a cool dark place.

Nutrition Facts
How to Make Vanilla Extract (and More Homemade Extracts)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1746 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Sodium 8mg 0%
Potassium 386mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 34g 11%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 14g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 5.9%
Vitamin C 153.9%
Calcium 8.1%
Iron 3.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Kankana

    Ever since I made my first vanilla extract several years ago, I am hooked to it. Never buy vanilla extract any more. The homemade versions are so good. You inspired me to try lemon exact :)

    Reply
    • Liren Baker

      I agree! I forget how easy and even more delicious homemade extracts are! I can’t wait to see what you do with lemon extract, Kankana!

  2. Aysegul Sanford

    I have made my own vanilla extract in the past, but never thought about incorporating citrus in it. Such a great idea.
    As always, you inspire me everyday. ❤️

    Reply
    • Liren Baker

      It makes me realize how much I want to experiment more with citrus extracts! Thank you, Ayse, believe me, I am so inspired by you, too! xo

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