Vanilla – one of the best flavors in the entire world – is a staple in most pantries in the form of vanilla extract. While it’s convenient to purchase this product at the store, it’s also super easy, fun and rewarding to make at home. High-quality homemade vanilla extract requires just three ingredients to make, including alcohol (use proof of choice) and vanilla beans – bourbon, Madagascar or Tahitian beans work best.
Simply soak the beans in bourbon, vodka or rum for up to a month (or longer for a deeper flavor) and you’re ready to add this sweet elixir to baked goods, desserts and more.
How to Make Your Own Vanilla Extract
- 5 whole vanilla beans
- 8 oz. vodka, bourbon or rum
- 2-3 cinnamon sticks, 1 tsp. cane sugar, etc.
You will also need:
- Long bottle with cork top (available at craft store)
In bottle, combine all ingredients.
Soak at least 30 days, but preferably up to 3 months. The longer they soak, the more intense the vanilla flavor will be.
After desired soaking time, discard beans and accents. Store in pantry, or another cool, dry area, and use up to two years