About a month ago, I made my own vanilla extract using different spirit variations. I wanted to see how each vanilla extract would render. Since there weren’t any well spirits in my house, I decided to use the stuff I had on hand. Here’s what I had: Grey Goose Vodka, Bacardi Rum, Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, and Don Julio Blanco Tequila. The photo above is at 33 days of aging. 1 more month to go!
- 4 vanilla beans, sliced lengthwise (I used Bourbon-Madagascar Vanilla Beans)
- 1 cup of vodka, rum, brandy, bourbon or tequila
- 1 sterilized glass jar or bottle with a tight fitting lid
Split your vanilla beans open and scrape the seeds out. Place the vanilla seeds and the pods in your jar or bottle.
Add your spirit of choice.
Store in a cool dark place for 2 months or longer. I stored mine in a brown grocery bag sitting in my closet. Shake it every now and then.
Adapted from Tipnut