These elegant and petite 2oz bottles are perfect for small-batch extract making, first-time extract makers and party and/or hostess gifts. They are made of glass (best for extract taste and the environment) and they look nice for counter-top storage. The swing-top bottle has a white cap, while the french square, straight side and Boston round bottles have black caps.
The typical rule of thumb for extract making is 1 bean for each ounce of spirit. (This equates to roughly 1oz of vanilla beans for every 8oz of spirits.) So these bottles will require 1-2 grade-A or grade-B vanilla beans with whatever spirit you choose. We recommend white rum, vodka or bourbon. We have had customers use unique spirits as well, such as coconut rum or strawberry vodka and the results have been sweet and pleasantly surprising. So be creative and have fun!!
Remember: vanilla beans can be used at least twice, so when you run out of your first batch of extract, simply add more alcohol and wait a few months for round two!
Making Vanilla Extract -(Kit Instructions Here)
Making vanilla extract is simple: Just add beans, spirits and a lid...then wait for a few months. You may need to cut your beans into smaller pieces to fit into your bottle. We also recommend slicing the bean pod down the middle so the seeds inside the bean are fully exposed. (This equates to faster extraction). Once each bottle is filled, store the vanilla extract in a cool place (65 degrees or so) and away from any sunlight. Watch as the extract slowly turns to a dark amber over time.
Remember, pure and real extract is a rich, transparent amber color. It is NOT dark, cloudy or non-transparent. Many extract manufacturers infuse their extracts with corn syrup and other sugars and color additives...because it's cheeper and doesn't require as much time to extract. Real extract isn't rushed.
Give extract making a try for yourself! We've made it easy. Just pick your bottle, select your vanilla beans and then choose your spirit.
Have fun and please tell us how it turned out!
*The swing top 2oz bottle is super cute and decorative, while not entirely air/water tight. If you plan on gifting finished extract in this bottle, we encourage you to seal the top with tape as it may leak in transport.