DIY: Homemade Almond Extract - Recipe Diaries (2024)

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Homemade Almond Extract is super easy to make at home and only requires 2 ingredients. Vodka and Raw Almonds.

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Almond Extract is probably my favorite extract. I think I like it most because of its smell. It's really good to flavor frostings with, put in fresh cherry pie, make homemade cookies, the sky is the limit. My grandma's frosting recipe is the best and it calls for almond extract instead of vanilla.

My extracts have been sitting in their jars for over two weeks now. I made lemon, almond, and mint. The ingredients in the extract need to rest in their jars or containers for over 6 weeks. After 2 weeks the almond extract is really starting to smell like homemade almond extract and so is the lemon extract.

The mint extract isn't doing so well. I'm still going to let it sit for the recommended time and then test the extract with my grandma's frosting recipe that calls for almond extract. That will be the true test!

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How to Make Homemade Extract

To make homemade almond extract, you will need whole raw almonds and vodka or another high-proof alcohol.

Start by blanching the almonds, removing their skins, and then chopping them into small pieces. Place the chopped almonds into a jar and pour the alcohol over them, making sure they are fully submerged.

Close the jar tightly and store it in a cool, dark place for at least a month, shaking it occasionally.

After a month, strain the mixture through a cheesecloth or coffee filter and transfer the liquid to a dark bottle with a tight-fitting lid. Your homemade almond extract is now ready to use in your favorite recipes!

Tips for Making Homemade Extracts

Find a storage container: I went to Michaels and found some jars. A smaller sized jar will work (8oz or less) or any type of bottle used to store extracts in. If you are looking for real extract bottles Amazon has them.

Round Glass Bottle Jars

Use Good Vodka: The best type of vodka to use for homemade extracts is good strong vodka, 80% proof, or higher. The brand I used was Absolute Vodka.

Extract Flavors: You can make just about any flavor of extract you want with this method. Mint, lemon, orange, vanilla, you name it!

Vanilla bean pods are really expensive just for one at the grocery stores. It is best to buy them in bulk online somewhere. Make a slit or indent in the pods and add them to the jars!

10 Vanilla Bean Pods - Whole Extract Grade Be for Baking

For lemon extract or orange, peel off the rinds and make sure to not get any of the white pith on the skin.

Recipe FAQs

What can I use homemade almond extract for?

Homemade almond extract can be used in various baked goods such as cookies, cakes, and pastries to add a rich almond flavor. It can also be used in beverages like coffee, tea, and co*cktails for a nutty twist.
Additionally, it can be used in savory dishes such as marinades, dressings, and sauces to enhance the flavor profile.

Where to find Raw Almonds?

Blanched Skinless almonds work the best for homemade extract. Before I had used almonds with the skin on and that did not work. I was able to find raw blanched almonds in the organic section of my grocery store.
365 Everyday Value, Almonds, Blanched & Slivered, 8 oz

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  • Total Time: 3-5 days
  • Yield: 1 jar 1x
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Homemade Almond Extract is super easy to make at home and only requires 2 ingredients. Vodka and Raw Almonds.



  • 4 oz of slivered almonds (blanched)
  • 4 oz. good vodka (80% proof or higher)
  • Small Jars or Bottles to store the extracts in


  1. Drop the almonds into the bottom of your jar or bottle.
  2. Pour the vodka over the almonds and fill it to the top of the bottle. Put the lid on and close tightly.
  3. Place the vodka and almond mixture in a cool and dark place, like a pantry or garage, and let the mixture sit for 6 weeks.
  4. Shake the mixture every 3 to 5 days for the entire 2 month period.


FYI: (5/17/20) This post needs to be updated and I plan on working on that. Please stay tuned for updates!

  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 3-5 days
  • Category: Easy
  • Method: MIx
  • Cuisine: American
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