This is the easiest and best vanilla extract, and has nothing but vanilla beans and some alcohol. It’s also way more economical than buying bottles of the good but expensive stuff.
I first made Vanilla extract after seeing the recipe in Ina Garten’s cookbook. However, I have tweaked it a little as 1 bottle of vodka is way too much to use, and I found through trial and error, that both vodka and rum work equally well. I also treat the beans a little differently, as you will see.