vanilla extract

The ratio to make vanilla extract is one cup high proof alcohol to three vanilla beans. So mix and match your booze, make a few cups, but just don’t forget about it in the back of your closet.

Vanilla Extract
Makes 1 cup

1 cup rum (or any 80 proof alcohol)
3 vanilla beans

Split the vanilla beans lengthwise, leaving about an inch at the top of the bean uncut. Place in a clean jar with a tight fitting lid. Pour the rum over the beans and store in a dark place. Give the jar a good shake every week or two. After two months, remove the beans and pour into tiny bottles.

The best part: you don’t even have to stress about Christmas presents ’cause you took care of it months ago!