I’m so excited to share this post! I don’t think I have ever been more thrilled about the outcome of a gift that I created. I proudly present — Homemade Vanilla Extract!
In July I started dreaming of Christmas 2016 and so I took to Pinterest. I found a post about extracts and how easy it is to make them. I locked in on vanilla extract and an idea was born. I was going to make it for Christmas presents.
The process is super easy. All you need are good quality vanilla beans and cheap vodka or bourbon. We purchased bourbon vanilla beans for this recipe. Cut the beans lengthwise to expose the seeds and immerse in the vodka. Let it steep for at least a month. I couldn’t wait, so I started my batch in August which produced a dark and beautiful vanilla.
My next step was to design labels. Since the Hubs is a graphic designer — who incidentally designed my logo and blog — I asked him to help. He came up with the idea of putting my logo on the labels and giving it a Christmas vibe. He then designed the back label with directions and ingredients. When they arrived in the mail, I fell in love with them! I couldn’t believe how beautiful they turned out!
If you don’t have a graphic designer available, you can easily design and print your labels at Evermine. I love their stuff and will likely use them for my Christmas Potpourri tags next year.
The final result looks professional and beautiful. I have to thank the Hubs for his great work and for helping me find the little bottles.
From our house to yours, Merry Christmas! We wish you a prosperous and happy 2017!