Homemade Christmas Spice Extract

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Step 1You'll need the outer layer of 1 organic orange, 3 vanilla beans (pods), 12 cloves, 6 allspice, 6 cardamom pods, 3 cinnamon sticks and good quality vodka.

Step 2Using a vegetable peeler, zest the outer layer of the orange peel. Make sure to use organic (you don't want pesticides in your extract). Also, the less of the white pith you use, the less likely you'll end up with bitter extract.

Step 3If you're using 6 small 100 ml gift jars like I did, cut the vanilla beans in half to get a total of 6 pieces. Using a sharp knife, split each of the halves lengthwise and scrape the tiny seeds out, into each one of the jars. Add the vanilla beans, cloves, allspice, cardamom and orange zest. Break each of the cinnamon sticks in half to get 6 pieces and add to the jars.

Step 4Top with neutral tasting alcohol like vodka. Cover with a lid and then turn upside down a few times to combine. Note: If you're using one large 600 ml (20 fl oz) jar, place all of the ingredients inside and add the vodka. Instead of vodka you can use rum, whiskey or bourbon.

Step 5Let it infuse for at least 2 weeks. The extract tastes best after 4-6 weeks or longer. Keep in the pantry just like you would vanilla extract. If you start running out, just add more vodka and a little bit of each spices.