A basic recipe for homemade vanilla extract, with a variation using sweetener, to make it taste more like store bought vanilla. Corn syrup or sugar helps extract and develop the flavor from the vanilla pods (corn syrup dissolves more easily). Using a variety of vanilla pods (Madagascar, Indonesia, Tahitian, Mexican) will produce a vanilla extract with a much more complex flavor and aroma. Try using Madagascar pods as a base, adding Tahitian and Mexican pods for additional flavor/fragrance notes. Vodka is used most often(you can also use rum or brandy) because it usually has the hightest alcohol content. You can double or triple this recipe.