An easy way to make delicious homemade vanilla extract. Homemade vanilla extract is richer and deeper than storebought and will make your homemade goodies taste amazing.
For every cup of vodka or bourbon, use 4 vanilla beans
Cut each vanilla bean down the middle to access the insides. Put them in an air-tight container with a screw on lid (I use mason jars), and put in a sunny window for a week. Shake daily.
After a week is up, transfer to a cool dark location like a pantry or closet. Shake every few days to help distribute the vanilla flavor and to activate the infusing action.
The vanilla will be ready when the liquor has turned very dark and smells strongly of vanilla and not alcohol. To gift, distribute amongst smaller bottles, and put a fun label on it. Do not strain or filter the vanilla; part of the magic of homemade vanilla extract is the little flecks of vanilla bean that infuses itself in your cooking.