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.
- 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.