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DIY Vanilla Extract

Create a delicious dessert with homemade Vanilla Extract and a great holiday gift idea. You will never go back to store-bought again.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Dessert, Vanilla Extract, vodka
Prep Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 60 days
Total Time 60 days 10 minutes
Author Candi Elm


  • Grade B Vanilla Beans I used Madagascar
  • Vodka, Rum or Bourbon Vodka has the least amount of alcohol flavor so it's more neutral. That is what I use.


  • Clean out bottles and let dry
  • Use approx 1/2 Vanilla Bean per bottle for 4 oz bottles
  • Chop beans in 1/2" pieces
  • Fill the bottle with Vodka and add chopped vanilla beans to liquid in the bottle. 
  • Place in cool, dark place for a minimum of 2 months, shaking every one to two days.