Open the booze cabinet. I have a simple project for you. If you are like me, vanilla extract is used on the reg and disappears on the reg too. Those tiny bottles are not cheap either. That is why this project is a fun and cost-effective solution for you.
There are different types of vanilla beans: Madagascar, which I am using for my extract. Madagascar beans are powerful, bold and a full-flavored bean. Tahitian beans are fruity and floral, think piña colada, and Mexican beans are a more slightly softer flavor bean, smooth and creamy. I would choose your beans by what is most appealing to you. The same goes with your alcohol you can choose vodka, bourbon or rum. Stick to a clean (non-flavored) and 80 proof alcohol.
It is also fun to pick your container. I found this glass bottle with a clamp stopper, which is very reminiscent of a vintage flask. You can find it here.
Perfect gift for about any household, it just needs a cute label.
Bourbon Vanilla Extract
Bottle, jar or Jug with a tight closure
Dark spot to store
Patience (takes 8 weeks till your extract will be ready)
Thoroughly clean your jar. Split the bean open lengthwise and place in jar.
Cover the beans completely with alcohol. It’s three vanilla beans per cup of alcohol, so if you use 2 cups of vodka split open six vanilla beans and throw them in the jar.
Give it a good shake, seal it and place it a cool and dark place for two months. Every now and then you can give it a good shake.