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Using bourbon as the liquor in vanilla extract adds depth and complexity. Bourbon is known for its distinct taste, which is often described as warm, smooth, and slightly sweet.
- Whole Madagascar Vanilla Beans - Bourbon - Funnel - Glass Bottles - Sharp Knife - Labels
Homemade Bourbon Vanilla Extract Step #1: Prepare the Bottles
Wash and dry the glass bottles to ensure they are clean and ready for the beans and alcohol.
Homemade Bourbon Vanilla Extract Step #2: Cut the Madagascar Beans
Using a sharp knife, carefully cut the whole vanilla beans in half lengthwise. This exposes the tiny seeds inside the bean pod, which will infuse the bourbon with their rich flavor.
Homemade Bourbon Vanilla Extract Step #3: Place the Beans in the Bottle
Place two of the cut vanilla pods inside each glass bottle.
Homemade Bourbon Vanilla Extract Step #4: Pour Bourbon Over Beans & Seal Jar
Pour the bourbon over the beans using a funnel to limit spillage. Ensure all of the beans are fully submerged. Seal the jar tightly with a tight-fitting lid.
Homemade Bourbon Vanilla Extract Step #5: Add Labels
Affix labels to the front and back of bottles.
Homemade Bourbon Vanilla Extract Step #6: Infusion Time
Store the bottles in a dry place like a dark cupboard in the kitchen. Allow the extraction process to happen for at least 2 months before using. For the best flavor, wait 6-12 months.
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