I made my own vanilla extract! I’ve actually been saving a cute bottle for almost a year for just such a purpose. :o) It was so easy that I wish I had done it sooner.
Start with a bottle of 80 to 100 proof vodka. I’ve heard you can even go higher proof than that. But only if you can get it in your state…
Then you’ll need vanilla beans. Use 3 beans for every cup of vodka.
Split the beans in half with a sharp knife to about 1-2 inches from top.
When mine was ready I placed a few of the beans in my cute little bottle and poured in the vanilla.