Originally Posted by Knowazark
I haven't done it while cruising but a couple of years ago I made vanilla extract at home. It really is quite simple. The hardest part is finding suitable small bottles with sealing lids that won't allow the vodka to just evaporate.
Pack some vanilla pods in the small bottle, add vodka, allow time for colour, smell and flavour to develop. Remember you're making vanilla extract, not vanilla flavoured vodka, so put plenty of vanilla in and use a small amount of vodka (as opposed to dropping a pod in a standard bottle of vodka - which is also pretty good
Heh. Put in *more* vodka. We used to make "field kahlua" when I was a poor geology student out in the desert. Take the leftover coffee, some (lots) of vodka, and a couple of split vanilla beans (always wondered where those magically appeared from), and sugar, put in big mason jars, and leave in the sun for a few days. Drink around the fire at night. How we never off'ed ourselves with salmonella or botulism still escapes me (must have been the antiseptic effect of all the consumed alcohol counteracting whatever it was we ate).
I haven't had it in years, but memory serves that it was great. Of course, it was university, and we did also drink whatever beer
was the cheapest in the rack, so my memory may not be so trustworthy.