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Homemade Vanilla Extract

Learn how to make homemade vanilla extract with just two ingredients! It’s great for enthusiastic home bakers and makes for a wonderful holiday gift. Plus! Download the free printable to make your own gift labels right at home!
Prep Time5 mins
Steeping Time60 d
Total Time60 d 5 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bourbon, Gift, Vanilla
Yield: 1 litre


  • Paring Knife
  • Glass Measuring Cup
  • Small Funnel
  • Apothecary Bottles (optional)


  • 1 liter good quality bourbon whiskey I like Bulleit and Henry McKenna
  • 60 Grade B vanilla beans


  • Remove about ½ cup of the bourbon from the bottle.
  • Slice 48 of the pods lengthwise and place in bottle. Close bottle tightly and shake well.
  • Store bottle in a dark, cool place for at least two months (a little bit under or a lot bit over is ok, I’ve aged bottles up to a year!), shaking once a week.
  • When ready to bottle for gifts, split remaining vanilla beans and place in individual apothecary bottles. Pour extract into a glass measuring cup and use a small funnel to fill bottles with extract before sealing and labeling.
  • Give with love!