This extract is named after the sweet and compassionate person that invented it. Lori is the living embodiment of of vanilla bean sweetness. She is one of the wonderful members of our private Facebook group, Making Vanilla Extract by VanillaPura, and she embodies what the group is all about. Kindness to everyone, helpful to all and never without a smile.

Earlier last week, Lori shared her recipe for her raspberry extract that is a wonderful addition to teas, desserts, smoothies, vinaigrettes, and more. We are so excited to share her recipe in her own words and pictures.


  • Freeze Dried Raspberries (no oils or sugar – just raspberries)
  • Place 3/4 c raspberries with 1 c white rum (you can use vodka or any fairly neutral spirit)


  1. Place the raspberries into a glass jar along with the alcohol.
  2. The freeze dried raspberries tend to float, so shake around often or use a weight.
  3. Squeeze the berries through a fine mesh strainer when you change them out.  They absorb quite a bit of the spirit. 
  4. Change out with new dried berries every 2-3 weeks
  5. Your final extract should be complete in 10-12 weeks. 
  6. Strain final product through coffee filter to remove all sediments.
I use the same recipe for my strawberry and banana extracts, too.  


VanillaPura Pro


This recipe calls for freeze dried raspberries. Freeze dried fruit is when all water has been removed. If using fresh or frozen fruit you will need to use Everclear or a high alcohol content rum(195% alcohol) at a 1:1 ratio because of the dilution from the water in the fruit. Check your extract around 10-12 weeks. If you like the flavoring remove the raspberries and you’re ready to use your extract. Or you could let them sit a little longer. You choose to your own liking. Happy Extracting!

— VanillaPura Pro

How long does fruit extract last, what is shelf life

— Linda S

Can you use fresh raspberry for the extract?

— Bertha

Hate to sound dense but, are freeze dried berries the same as frozen berries?

— Jean Fuertes

Doesn’t the freeze dried fruit just melt away?

— Linda Moore

Can you use frozen Strawberries — or just freeze dried.

— Marie Fyfe

I really want to make this, because it sounds and looks delicious—but I’m torn, because I’m not sure what I’d actually do with it! So my question is, what do you use it for?

— Melinda Jean Rankin

Hi there! Do you also use freeze dried strawberries and bananas for those extracts?

Thank you very much.

— Kristi