Make Your Own Vanilla Extract

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Author Sam Merritt


  • 7 Grade A or Grade B Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans
  • 1 3/4 cups mid-shelf liquor--either Vodka or Bourbon 350ml


  • Keeping the beans connected at the end of the stem, slice vanilla beans lengthwise.
  • Place in a resealable glass container, such as a mason jar.
  • Cover beans with liquor. Make sure that beans are fully submerged. If necessary, cut beans in half width-wise so that they are completely covered by alcohol.
  • Place in a cool, dark space for 2-3 months, being sure to shake the container at least 4 times a month.