This is after only one day. You can see it is already changing colors (it started off clear without the yellowish tint).
Each day the vanilla will get darker and in 6-8 weeks it will be a beautiful amber color.
You can purchase whatever brand of Vodka or Rum that you like.
I didn’t want to use the cheapest brand. I went moderate to higher priced liquors.
I used Starbucks Frappuccino bottles.
They are so cute and look like vintage milk bottles. The box they come in is so cute to0 so I had to use it as well.
I added 3/4 of a vanilla bean (a full bean wouldn’t fit).
I sliced down the beans so the beans inside would infuse with the alcohol.
I used two different canning jar labels to help differentiate the different kinds of vanilla.
The Mexican Vanilla Beans and The Madagascar Vanilla Beans in RUM got the glass lid canning jar tags.
The Mexican Vanilla Beans and The Madagascar Vanilla Beans in VODKA got the metal lid canning jar tags.
I added black twine from Canvas Corp to tie on the cute little labels.
I also painted the lids to help me remember the differences.
I was using two different kinds of vanilla beans and two different kinds of liquor so I can see which one we like the best.
I used frappuccino bottles to make my vanilla in but any glass bottle will work.
I used some ModPodge to cover my frappuccino boxes.
I am keeping the Mexican Vanilla in one box and the
Madagascar Vanilla in the other.
The boxes are the perfect little storage container or gift box.
The Rum Vanilla is in the black box and the Vodka Vanilla is in the white box.
Every day you shake the bottles.
Store in a cool dry place and in a few weeks you will have your own vanilla.
(do not refrigerate)
You can also use flavored liquors to create unique specialty vanilla.
I think the canning jar labels are so cute.
I covered the labels in self lamenating sheets before adding ModPodge to the backs and applying them to the boxes.
I think this would be an adorable gift for the holidays, a wedding or bridal shower, a house warming gift, birthday or just to say I care about you.
I still have enough liquor to make more bottles of vanilla. I will make a few more bottles in another month so I will have another set “brewing”.
The price break down (prices will vary depending on your alcohol choices):
Alcohol: $40 (2 large bottles one of RUM and one of VODKA 40%)
Madagascar Vanilla Beans: $7.25 (for 5 beans so I can make more in a few weeks)
Mexican Vanilla Beans: $8.25 (for 5 beans so I can make more in a few weeks)
Note: I received my vanilla beans but I am including the total cost for you.
I did not add any corn syrup like grocery store vanilla does. there is no need for it when using quality products.
–bottles–you can use bottles that you have on hand or purchase some. Even canning jars would work fine.
Now that may sound like a lot BUT I will have @120 oz of vanilla
Purchasing 60 – two oz. containers at the grocery store would cost me $360
My homemade cookies, cakes and pastries will taste so delicious in my premium quality vanilla.
They also carry smaller sizes.
**note: The Federal Food and Drug Administration set specific standards on the alcohol content in vanilla. It has to be at least 35% alcohol content but there is no rules as to the quality of vanilla beans used which can change the quality and flavor of your vanilla drastically. The FDA does suggest the number of beans be @5per 8oz.
Check out what my vanilla looks like on day 8