Homemade Vanilla Extract

December 2, 2013

Vanilla extract has to be one of the easiest things to make at home. All you need is liquor and premium quality vanilla beans and you’ve got homemade vanilla extract that is far superior to the store bought kind. I selected three types of beans: Madagascar for its rich and creamy flavor, Tahitian for its floral, chocolate aroma and Mexican for its bold and smokey essence. Since they take 2 months to cure, vanilla extract makes for the perfect holiday gift – just get a jump start on the process now!


Photography shot with the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 digital SLR camera. Small in size, enormous in performance.

You’ll need:


Use a paring knife to split the vanilla beans lengthwise down the middle. Cut them in half.


For every 4 ounces of alcohol, use 2 whole vanilla beans. Since the Tahitian beans are almost double in size, I only used one for a 4 oz bottle. Insert the beans into the bottle and fill with liquor. I paired Madagascar beans with bourbon, Tahitian with vodka and Mexican with rum.


Seal with the cap, shake and add a label. Set in a dark, cool place and shake occasionally.


Enjoy after 2 months!


(images by HonestlyYUM)


Love your beautiful pictures as well as the excellent recipe ideals. I have prepared twelve bottles of vanilla to share when its ready. Thank you

Hi! I can’t wait to make this. Can you tell me where you get your labels?

I’ve never tried making vanilla extract but I’m always running out so it seems like it would be a great idea to always have one going. Good idea for gifts, too. Pinned!

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