How to Make Homemade Cinnamon Extract From Scratch (Recipe)

How to Make Homemade Cinnamon Extract From Scratch (Recipe)

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You use cinnamon for [figuratively] everything.

Okay, maybe not cereal. Or wound care (wow, that’s a terrible idea). Or bifocal cleaner – for you youngsters, those are both nearsighted AND farsighted glasses for your face. Maybe we should stick to food.  

Remember the cinnamon challenge internet sensation? Glad that’s over.


All the uses for cinnamon extract.

The culinary uses are practically endless.

All the baked goods: pumpkin bread, banana bread, apple pie, snickerdoodle cake, gingerbread, and the list goes on. Don’t forget about popcorn, loads of delectable Indian dishes, bagels, creamy coffee drinks, Mexican hot chocolate, Moroccan cuisine, and cashew or almond milk.

Cocktails? Oh yes. A winter-spiced old-fashioned, gingerbread white russian, holiday-spiced Manhattan, apple cider bourbon, cinnamon whiskey sour, but don’t let your creativity stop there.


How much money you save.

A 1 oz bottle of McCormick brand cinnamon extract is usually around $3.09. We made ~8 ounces using 7 cinnamon sticks ($0.17 per stick) and ~10 ounces of alcohol (1/6th handle for ~$3.50, the bigger bottle). That’s 10 ounces homemade cinnamon extract for $4.69.

A 1 oz bottle of our extract costs us ~$0.50. Consider ours 83% OFF, but with a higher concentration of cinnamon and a more pungent flavor.

Here’s how to save all the monies, have fun crafting a unique food item and offer the perfect foodie gift for any occasion.

Note: here’s the cinnamon substitution ratio. According to reference.com, 1 cinnamon stick at 3 inches = ½ teaspoon cinnamon powder = ⅛ teaspoon cinnamon extract. Translation: cinnamon extract is four times as potent as cinnamon powder from a volumetric perspective.


Make some serious cinnamon extract.

AuthorAustin A.DifficultyBeginner

Craft a scratch made extract recipe with cinnamon sticks & high proof grain alcohol for warm-spiced cocktails, sweet desserts & ethnic cuisine.

Yields383 Servings
Prep Time10 mins

Ingredients
 Cinnamon sticks. $0.17 per 3 inch stick.
 750 ml bottle of high proof grain alcohol. A higher ABV = a faster extraction rate. E.g. vodka, everclear. 40% is sufficient. 50% is better. 95% is ideal.
Accessories
 16 oz Ball mason jar for steeping. $1.44 per jar.
 8 oz swing top glass bottle. Snag a 6-pack for $11 or order up 12 – 2 oz glass dropper bottles.
 Funnel – must fit your swing top or dropper bottle.

Directions & such
1

Place as many cinnamon sticks you can fit in your 16 oz Ball mason jar.

2

Pour grain alcohol over the cinnamon sticks until the mason jar is comfortably full. Screw on the lid with the unction of 10 nonnas.

3

Store the spicy, boozy jar in a cabinet at room temperature.

4

The delicious concoction should be ready after steeping for 1 month. Be sure to taste-test it every week or so. With lid on, invert the bottle after each taste to mix the components. The higher the concentration of cinnamon sticks, the faster the extract will reach flavor saturation.

5

After 1 month steep time, or shorter per intensity of flavor, transfer the extract to an 8 oz swing top bottle or 4 – 2 oz dropper bottles using a funnel. Now go make countless recipes using your scratch-made cinnamon extract.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 Cinnamon sticks. $0.17 per 3 inch stick.
 750 ml bottle of high proof grain alcohol. A higher ABV = a faster extraction rate. E.g. vodka, everclear. 40% is sufficient. 50% is better. 95% is ideal.
Accessories
 16 oz Ball mason jar for steeping. $1.44 per jar.
 8 oz swing top glass bottle. Snag a 6-pack for $11 or order up 12 – 2 oz glass dropper bottles.
 Funnel – must fit your swing top or dropper bottle.

Directions

Directions & such
1

Place as many cinnamon sticks you can fit in your 16 oz Ball mason jar.

2

Pour grain alcohol over the cinnamon sticks until the mason jar is comfortably full. Screw on the lid with the unction of 10 nonnas.

3

Store the spicy, boozy jar in a cabinet at room temperature.

4

The delicious concoction should be ready after steeping for 1 month. Be sure to taste-test it every week or so. With lid on, invert the bottle after each taste to mix the components. The higher the concentration of cinnamon sticks, the faster the extract will reach flavor saturation.

5

After 1 month steep time, or shorter per intensity of flavor, transfer the extract to an 8 oz swing top bottle or 4 – 2 oz dropper bottles using a funnel. Now go make countless recipes using your scratch-made cinnamon extract.

How to Make Homemade Cinnamon Extract From Scratch (Recipe)


Creative uses for your cinnamon extract.

Don’t miss our favorite cinnamon-forward recipes below. Never a bad time to bake goodies or share a cocktail. Try them all, friend.



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