Homemade Vanilla Extract

homemadevanillaI love making homemade vanilla extract to use as gifts Рas Christmas gifts, kitchen themed bridal shower gifts, new home gift Рit is just the perfect, sweet little gift to give!  Measuring spoons and tea towels go well with the homemade vanilla. It goes really well with homemade vanilla sugar.DSC_5300

The vanilla needs to steep for 8 weeks. If you are starting it too late to gift as a ready-to-use vanilla that is just fine! Just add a little note letting the recipient know when this will be ready to use.


To make your own homemade vanilla you need:

Vanilla Beans
Vodka {4oz per vanilla bean} – we used half rum and half vodka


Cutting board
Sharp knife
Glass jars for storing the vanilla extract

How to make homemade vanilla extract: 

Cut the vanilla beans down the center.
Place vanilla bean in glass jar.
Add 4 oz of vodka for each vanilla bean.

Shake and store for 8 weeks. The extract will continue to get darker as it sits.


Jessica Lynette


  1. We just finished a bottle of maple syrup that would be perfect to use for this! Such a great idea. Does using rum change the flavour much?

    • We have always just used vodka but read that using rum adds a bit of sweetness to it, so that is what why we tried it.

      I used a maple syrup bottle to in the above picture!! :)

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