I saw this post on The Italian Dish last year, and I LOVED this idea! I immediately made plans to give homemade vanilla extract to my friends and coworkers this Christmas. It is SO easy! You only need two ingredients - vanilla beans and vodka. Who knew it was so simple?! Make sure to plan ahead - this needs to steep for about 8 weeks before it is ready to use. I started this back in October so I could give it out at Christmas.
I used The Italian Dish's recommendations for supplies. I got the Bourbon Vanilla Beans from Beanilla, the bottles from Speciality Bottle Company and the labels from My Own Labels.
The cards are from moo.com - I love them! I even decorated the Plain Chicken for Christmas.
Homemade Vanilla Extract
4 oz unflavored vodka
1 1/2 vanilla beans, split
Combine in a 4 ounce bottle and let steep for 8 weeks. As you use the extract, fill the bottle up with more vodka and you will have extract forever.