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How to Make Orange Extract

Orange extract is a great way to add flavor to your foods. While it is expensive to buy, it is easy and cheap to make quality extract at home.

Orange peals in a jar with vadka on a white marble counter

Orange extract can be used in icing, buttercream, custards, cookie dough, and in batters for cakes and cupcakes to give them an orange flavor.

This exact is easy to make at home just like lemon extract and mint extract are.

All you need are some oranges, vodka, and a peeler.

Best of all, orange extract is also great to give out as holiday gifts!  

Make a few batches and divide into smaller bottles or generously give a batch to each person.  

I don’t know about you, but my favorite gifts to both give and receive are usually of the homemade variety. 

It feels much more personal that way, and no one has to know just how easy it was to make right?  

Not to mention it cuts down on the holiday shopping!

Pure Orange Extract Tip

You don’t need a great quality vodka, but it is preferable to have decent quality. Like cooking with wine, use what you’d drink.

Unless you’re a wine or vodka snob that is. Then use what I’d drink.

Yield: 48 servings

Orange Extract

Orange peals in a jar with vadka on a white marble counter

This homemade orange extract is easy to create at a fraction of the price

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 6 medium oranges, washed and dried
  • 1 cup vodka


  1. Peel the oranges using a Y-peeler, careful not to get much rind.
  2. Place strips in a glass jar. Add vodka.
  3. Leave for 5 or 6 weeks. Shake once a week until then. Store in a dark cool place.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 14Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

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