On a weekend getaway to Williamsburg, Virginia, I spotted vanilla beans at the Raleigh Tavern Bakery. On the packaging was a recipe for homemade vanilla extract, and I’ve adapted it as follows; I usually have one bottle in use and another steeping in my cupboard.
1 vanilla bean
Place the vanilla bean in a bottle with a good seal.
Pour in enough vodka to cover the bean and store in a cool, dark place for 3 to 4 months.