How to Make Homemade Vanilla Extract with Vodka


My fiance and I are getting married in five months! We are extremely thrifty people who appreciate practical gifts. We are aware that some people give away gift bags after their wedding has ended as a thank you. In line with our own desires to experiment with making homemade vanilla extract, we decided to bottle up some of our fun and make our guests homemade vanilla extract instead of a gift bag.


80 Proof Vodka

3 Vanilla Beans per 8 oz of Vodka

Cutting Board


This recipe is so easy and people will be touched that you put in the (seemingly simple) time and effort!


1. Cut Beans in half lengthwise and split open, revealing the beans inside.

2. Place the beans into the vodka container and close, making sure the container is air tight.

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3. Place in dark area and shake every so often. The longer the beans sit in the vodka, the better the vanilla extract will be!

I plan to allow the vanilla beans to sit for five months before placing the vanilla extract into individual bottles. You do not have to wait even half as long! I’ve used the extract within one month of letting the beans soak when I realized I didn’t have any vanilla for a recipe I was working on and it worked perfectly!

I just ordered these 1 oz bottles to use for gifts!

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I purchased these beans to make the extract. I found the amount of beans required per cup is negotiable!

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