How to Make Homemade Vanilla Extract

Brooke Newberry
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Believe it or not, making homemade vanilla extract is much easier than you’d expect. First, locate good beans.  We recommend Bourbon-Madagascar Vanilla Beans.  Vodka is the standard booze suggestion for extract recipes because it’s flavorless and just acts as a canvas for bean’s natural flavors.  If you want the extract more nutty and musky, try a darker liquor like brandy or bourbon.

Yes, vanilla extract is queen of boosting baked goods – but try using your homemade extract in hot cocoa, shakes, coffee drinks, eggnogs, and smoothies.

Vanilla Extract

  • 3 vanilla beans, split lengthwise
  • 3/4 cup vodka, brandy, or bourbon
  • 16 oz jar or bottle

Place whole vanilla beans in the jar and cover completely with vodka.

Seal and place in a cool, dark place in your kitchen.

Give it a shake every day or so for the first week. 

Leave it be for one month.

Note:  You can use the actual vanilla beans left in the extract for recipes as well. They will be moist and you extract the seeds really easily.

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