Homemade Vanilla Extract

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Make the best homemade vanilla extract in just a few minutes of hands-on time. The secret to making your own vanilla extract is using quality vanilla beans and a little patience. It makes a great homemade gift!

Prep Time:5 minutes | Total Time:5 minutes

recipe for vanilla


  • 16 ounces vodka (or bourbon, brandy, or rum)
  • 6-10 whole vanilla beans
  • 2  8 ounce clean bottles with lids (or one 16-ounce bottle)


  1. Using the tip of a sharp knife, split each vanilla bean in half lengthwise.  You can also chop the beans into smaller pieces if necessary to fit in your bottles.
  2. Place beans and alcohol in clean bottles (3-5 beans per 8 ounces). Be sure the alcohol covers the beans.  Place the lid on the bottles and give them a good shake.
  3. Place the bottles in a cool, dark place for at least 8 weeks (the longer you leave it the stronger the flavor), occasionally agitating the beans in the alcohol.
  4. When the extract is ready to use, you can leave the beans in the bottle, or remove them and use them start another bottle of extract.

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