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Which Liquors to Choose to
Make Vanilla Extract

Well, I learned how to make vanilla extract years ago, and have always made it with vodka. A cheap, second-shelf vodka works great because it brings virtually no other flavors to the table. Once infused,  you get a pure, clean vanilla taste-no added spices or alcohol taste.  But the more I've learned, I've found that using different types of liquor for vanilla will produce a different type of vanilla extract that can lend itself to a variety of cooking needs.

Learn How to Make Vanilla Extract Here





Vodka

A regular, inexpensive vodka is a standard, and extremely popular way to make vanilla.  This gives a clean, pure taste and is perfect in light desserts such as crepes and sugar cookies. This clear, vanilla taste is perfect for chocolate chip cookies.

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Silver Rum

Silver rum is light and clear like vodka so your pure, vanilla taste will shine through!  It does, however, add a subtle, sweetness, making it delightful in rice puddings, frostings and cream desserts.

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Dark or Golden Rum

A nice golden rum adds a fuller, bolder flavor to your homemade vanilla.  The rum brings a natural sweetness that pairs well with with the natural vanilla bean.  Dark rum perfectly compliments heavier desserts like pumpkin pie, spice cake and fruit cake.

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Bourbon

Bourbon makes a nice rich vanilla with a deep bold flavor.   Not as spicy as the golden rum, it adds a depth and boldness to rich desserts, spice cakes and especially tasty in chocolate cakes.

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The best idea would be to do some experimenting!  Consider purchasing a few airplane sized bottles and try it out for yourself!  I hope this is helpful and I'd love to hear more ideas.

Please share your tips and ideas on how to make vanilla!

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