Vanilla extract made with vodka is the most common first extract. Why? Because vodka is largely tasteless so the primary taste in the finished extract is the vanilla beans. Many at-home extract makers will tell you to begin with vodka and with Madagascar beans, because Madagascar vanilla beans are the most popular vanilla bean used in virtually everything. It's a taste that you'll be familiar with and a great extract to use as a baseline to compare your future extracts agains.
In this vodka vanilla kit, we have preselected the top 3 vanilla beans that pair perfectly with vodka and we have listed them below.
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 vodka. You'll have to get that on your own. We recommend vodka 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:
Classic vanilla taste and aroma. Buttery and sweet.
Caramel/mocha with hints of cocoa and a spicy vanilla kick.
Dark chocolate, caramel, bold vanilla
This kit includes 1oz of vanilla beans and an 8oz glass bottle all in a beautiful, decorative box that includes a recipe. 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 vodka 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 vodka, then choose your bottle and choose your beans within this kit, and you'll be good to go.