This year I am really interested in homemade Christmas gifts. After researching for a while, I came across an idea to make homemade extracts. I decided to test it out. I ordered the vanilla beans and bottles off of Amazon and purchased different mini bottles of alcohol to use. You could use a big bottle, but I wanted to test different flavors and see how they affected the taste. Most of the recipes say you should allow the extracts to soak for at least a few months, so you would definitely want to start now if you’re going to gift these. There were also some other options to try versus the vanilla beans, such as orange and lemon. I purchased Madagascar vanilla beans to use, and I will admit they are a little pricey. If you want to keep this project ore budget-friendly, I would say go for an orange or lemon extract.
I used Madagascar vanilla beans for all of these extracts. I had fun and used rum, bourbon, and vodka to create three different flavors.
I made some homemade banana bread the other day and used the vanilla bourbon extract in it. It was really good. Here is the link for the recipe I used. https://www.food.com/recipe/best-banana-bread-2886?fbclid=IwAR174hNegRltA_18kn3I0r2TwK9-iQ8Y8rFbVBDSmtidjpTVN3XPYv2RNc8
I used whiskey and orange peel for one bottle and lemon peel and vodka for the other.
Here is a link to the bottles that I ordered from Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06Y61Y2PD/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Here is a link for the Vanilla beans https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07S8M4ZYP/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1