If you love the taste of rum and want to incorporate its rich, sugar-based, molasses sweetness into your vanilla extract for use in your favorite desserts, we've got you covered.
In this rum vanilla kit, we have preselected the top 5 vanilla beans that pair perfectly with rum and we have listed them below in the order of most popular on top to least popular (but still delicious) on the bottom.
Simply choose the vanilla beans that you want and the bottle that you want, and you'll be ready to begin. The only thing that we can't sell you is the rum. You'll have to get that on your own. We recommend bourbon with no artificial flavorings. Make sure it is between 35% - 50% alcohol (which is 70-100 proof).
What bean should you select? Here's how they smell and taste:
Floral, sweet with hints of tropical fruit and cocoa.
Bold vanilla, subtle hints of figs and raisins
||Classic vanilla taste and aroma. Buttery and sweet.
Sweet, fruity vanilla with buttery richness
Bold vanilla, sweet, soft fruits and subtile anise.
This kit includes 1oz of vanilla beans and an 8oz glass bottle. To make your first extract with this kit, follow these 4 simple steps:
- Put all the vanilla beans in the bottle.
- If the beans are too tall, cut them in half (or fold them and insert them into the bottle fold first) to make sure they are fully submerged in the alcohol.
Fill the bottle with the rum you purchased. Leave a little air on top.
- Close the lid and store the extract in a cool/dark place for 12 months and...giddy-up...your very own homemade vanilla extract!
If you would like to include extract-making instructions with this kit, you can print out instructions by clicking here.
There are lots of other tips and tricks to make thousands of different types of extracts at home using a variety of beans and different spirits. If you want to go down the extract-making rabbit hole, click here to dive in!
In summary, if you simply want to make your first extract and you love the taste of rum, then choose your bottle and choose your beans within this kit, and you'll be good to go.