Homemade Vanilla Extract
  • 3 vanilla beans
  • 3 cups vodka, bourbon or rum
  • 3 jars with tight fitting lids
  1. Split 1 vanilla bean and scrape seeds into a clean ½ pint jar. If desired, cut the bean in half crosswise. Place in jar. Repeat with the remaining beans and jars.
  2. Cook vodka in a large saucepan over medium heat for 5 minutes. Do not cook longer than 5 minutes or it can overheat and ignite! Pour 1 cup vodka into each jar. Cool mixture to room temperature (about 30 minutes).
  3. Cover jars tightly and let stand at room temperature 1-2 weeks before using, shaking jars once a day. For a cleaner look, pour liquid through a fine mesh strainer into clean bottles with tight fitting lids; discard solids. Store in a cool, dry place for up to one year.
When cooking alcohol, be sure and use a large saucepan to contain the vapors. Do not heat longer than 5 minutes. The vapors can ignite.
If you use bourbon, it will be slightly darker.
Recipe by An Alli Event at https://www.anallievent.com/homemade-vanilla-extract/