Homemade Vanilla Extract

Homemade vanilla extract that has been started to turn dark in color

With the Holidays in full swing, I thought it would be a good opportunity to share a recipe for something that is used in many recipes. This recipe only requires two ingredients and is perfect for holiday baking. Today, you’re going to learn how to make your own homemade vanilla extract.


As I mentioned, this recipe only requires two ingredients:

  • Vodka
  • Vanilla Extract

You will also need some sort of bottle or jar to make it in as well. I recommend mason jars or even bottles like this – bottles like these are great if you’re making a big batch to give away as a party favor for any holiday parties. Just make sure your bottle or jar can be sealed tight.

The Process

The process of making vanilla extract is simple. Just slit the vanilla beans down the middle (the long way). Then, put them in the bottle or jar with some vodka, shake, seal tight, and be patient. This process will take anywhere from 6-12+ months – the longer the better. As the vodka soaks up the vanilla bean, it will become more and more flavorful.

Homemade is the way to go

I always recommend making homemade vanilla extract. You can make more for a lower price. In fact, I am still using the vanilla extract that I made 3 years ago! The one drawback is that it will take multiple months to be ready. Sure, you could try using it in the couple of months but remember, the longer it sits, the more flavorful it will be. That’s why I recommend waiting a minimum of 6 months, but, ideally, 12+ months. Make this now and you’ll have tons of vanilla extract for next year’s holiday season. With that being said, I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and a happy New Year!

Homemade vanilla extract that has been started to turn dark in color

Homemade Vanilla Extract

Homemade vanilla extract is a must have for any baker, especially during the holiday season. Easy to make a larger batch that will also cost you less, the real challenge with this recipe is testing your patience. Requiring a minimum of 2 months, but ideally, 6-12+ months of storage before being ready, this vanilla extract will produce 1 cup while also being more flavorful. Stop buying small and expensive amounts of vanilla extract when you can easily make a big batch on your own.


  • 1 Mason jar or bottle must be sealed air tight


  • 6 Vanilla beans
  • 1 cup Vodka


  • Slit all of the vanilla beans down the middle (the long way).
  • Add the slit vanilla beans to the mason jar or bottle, along with the vodka. Give it a shake a few times to mix together.
  • Seal the mason jar or bottle with the vanilla beans and vodka. Store in a cool, dark place for 6-12+ months (the longer the better).
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