Total Time
Prep 1 min
Cook 0 mins

This is a wonderful alternative to store-bought. You can get the beans in a health-food store.


  1. Put the vodka in a sterilized glass container.
  2. Break or chop the beans into pieces and drop into the vodka.
  3. Cover the vodka with a lid.
  4. Let sit on a shelf for 2 weeks, shaking every other day.
  5. Use a tad bit less than you would regular vanilla extract.
  6. When you are gettting low, just add more vodka if the beans still smell good.
Most Helpful

I used a triple distilled vodka expensive and some really beautiful vanilla beans {I bake a lot and I love the flavour of vanilla so the expense is well worth it}. It smells wonderful!Thanks for posting this recipe I will never buy vanilla from a store again. Update from 2005 to 2008 the vanilla extract has gone beyond my expectations a hint from Barefoot Contessa of Food TV fame. The beans can be used whole by taking them out and just holding the bean at the top and squeezing out the vanilla seeds. 2010 still using my vanilla just add more vodka and vanilla beans and magic more vanilla extract. My baking experience is wonderful because of this vanilla extract! Thank You, for posting!

oilpatchjo November 23, 2010

I haven't made this yet but I know it's going to be glorious. I will get the beans tomorrow; already have the Vodka. Thanks! I'll let you know how it turns out.

Old Smoky March 19, 2006

I used 4 beans per 1 1/2c (375ml) of vodka and have waited four months. It's just now deepening to a dark brown color and has that marvelous vanilla fragrance. I think it will be perfect in another two months.

sugarpea October 29, 2005