One stick of whole cinnamon, broken in half
Eight ounces of alcohol (can be vodka, brandy, or rum)
You will need a clean glass or plastic bottle. Take your cinnamon stick and put it in the bottle. Pour your alcohol of choice over the cinnamon stick. Seal the bottle and shake the mixture.
Wait one to three weeks and voila: you’ve made your very own cinnamon extract.
Seriously, it’s that easy! I found the cinnamon started to color the alcohol almost immediately. To get the full flavor, though, it is best to wait. You can also refill the extract; just make sure to use the same alcohol you started out with. You may want to periodically replace the cinnamon stick as well. I found whole cinnamon at F_resh Market; I found my first extract bottle online, but I used an old candy bottle from Lofty Pursuits for the cinnamon extract.
I plan to eventually make other extracts…maybe even chocolate extract. While you do have to buy the alcohol, it’s so easy to make and you know exactly what goes in it.