You know what’s incredibly, ridiculously, affordably easy? Vanilla extract. A really good, organic pure vanilla extract is not cheap and we just made about half a pint of pure vanilla extract for… ok I have no idea how much exactly, but it was a hell of a lot cheaper than buying that much in the store, that’s for sure. Oh, and bonus? We have a lot of Stoli vodka left over. Can you say extra dirty vodka martini?
This was seriously so simple. Oh, and pro-tip, by vanilla beans in bulk. Those stupid jars of the organic viles that have 2 beans that’s like $11 dollars- rip. OFF. New Seasons sells vanilla beans in their bulk section for $1.50 a bean. ! I know. I was so excited when I found that out / pissed that I just spent $11 on two stinkin beans. Oh well.
So all you need to do to just slice the beans open (you could chop them up too, I guess, but I liked the look of the full beans in the jar), and just add vodka. Then, let it sit in a cool dark place for about at least 6 weeks and bam! Vanilla extract!
- 1 cup of vodka
- 3-5 vanilla beans
- Slice open vanilla beans lengthwise (or cut into pieces to fit in jar) and place in jar. Pour vodka in over beans, cover, and let sit for at least 6 weeks. Give it a little shake every once in awhile.
- Strain if you prefer, or leave pods and beans in jar to continue infusing.