Organic Emily

Homemade Bourbon Vanilla

homemeade vanilla

The cost of vanilla is out of control right now. Costco has their Madagascar vanilla beans (5 in a package) for around $15 this time of year. So I went and bought some good bourbon whiskey and decided to make my own. It’s pretty easy. All you need is a bit of time.


750 ml – 90 proof (45%) Bourbon Whiskey

10 vanilla beans

Split the vanilla beans down the middle to expose the seeds. Cut in half and place straight into the bottle of bourbon. Put the lid on and keep on the back shelf up high out of the reach of children. Allow to extract for 6 months before using.

Emily Saddler

Emily is a Master Gardener, wife of a professional landscape contractor, homeschool mom of 7 awesome kids, yoga/pilates instructor, a clinical and master herbalist, licensed massage therapist and soon to be traditional naturopath. She is a very passionate advocate of organic home-grown food! Emily maintains a blog called “The Organic Suburban Farm Girl” where she shares gardening advice, delicious recipes made with fresh, organic ingredients, herbal and natural home care product recipes and loves teaching classes on gardening, plant identification and herbal remedy workshops. Check out the events and classes page for more info.

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