Homemade vanilla is almost effortless and only requires two ingredients – vanilla beans and alcohol. It will require some patience to get the best flavor from the beans but the result is so much more flavorful than store bought.
The choice of alcohol is up to you. I typically use vodka because it has a very neutral flavor but bourbon, tequila, brandy or rum would work fine also. I don’t purchase a very expensive alcohol to do this but I don’t go bottom shelf either. A reasonably priced, 80 proof alcohol is what you are looking for.
You can use this vanilla extract after a couple of months but the flavor becomes even better as you let it age.
I bought these cute jars at a craft store and love to give them out for homemade gifts. One of these jars has only been sitting a short time, the darker one has been sitting for a few months.