You will need some Mason jars with lids, a big ass bottle of Vodka (or apparently Burbon works), some good quality vanilla beans, bottles, funnel, cheese cloth, labels.
This is how it looked 2ish months into it. it does not get much darker, just richer in flavor. You can see all the little bits at the bottom that will later need to be filtered out.
After a few months test it. take a spoon dip it in and taste it. It should have a strong yummy vanilla flavour followed buy alcohol . If it tastes like a cocktail its not done, but 3 months should be good and you shouldn’t need to worry. Next you need to strain it though several layers of cheese cloth to get all the little bits out (seeds etc). I tossed the bits but kept the beans. You can re-use them over and over until their loose their floraly vanilla scent.
Next Bottle it using a funnel.
then cap it, label it and take a million glamour shots.
Sources and Notes:
- Vanilla Beans from Vanilla Food Company in Canada. Much cheaper than purchasing from bulk or grocery stores. I went with the Madagascar Bourbon Beans.
- Bottles are 100ml Amber Boston Round Bottles from CanWax. I found that with shipping they were the cheapest, even cheaper then bulk from Uline bottles. I removed the dipper insert from the cap, just pulling it out before capping. My labels also came from Canwax and i printed off my printer with mixed reaction.
- my funky silverish plastic swing top mason jar caps are from reCap Mason Jar and I adore them. I can push the cap down, shake, and pop the cap to release pressure and leave it slightly ajar