homemade vanilla extract and a glass of vanilla beans on a grey background

Homemade Vanilla Extract

Homemade Vanilla Extract only requires two ingredients and a bit of time. It's an easy recipe to make and a perfect simple DIY gift. 

Course Extracts, Gifts
Cuisine American
Keyword Vanilla extract
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 batch
Calories 613 kcal
Author Katie Trant


  • 5 vanilla beans extract grade or other
  • 1 cup vodka bourbon, or rum
  • 1 clean glass jar or bottle
US Customary - Metric


  1. Use a sharp knife to slice down the length of each vanilla bean, leaving the ends intact. 

  2. Place the beans into a jar and pour the alcohol over the beans, ensuring they are fully covered. This is important as uncovered beans may go slimy and ruin your extract. 

  3. Screw the lid onto the jar, and use a piece of tape to mark the date. Place the jar into a cupboard or other dark cool place that you won't forget about. Every once in a while, give it a shake.

  4. After two months (min, not max) remove the beans and decant the vanilla extract into small bottles. 

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Vanilla Extract
Amount Per Serving
Calories 613 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Sodium 2mg0%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.