7 whole vanilla beans
1 cup alcohol, such as vodka, spiced rum or tequila
Each variety of vanilla bean has its own unique flavor. If you prefer a smooth and creamy vanilla extract use a Madagascar vanilla bean; if you're going for a floral flavor try a Tahitian vanilla bean. As you use the vanilla extract, the tops of the beans will eventually start to show. Carefully remove the beans, cut them in half and place them back in the bottle. Make sure the beans are always covered by alcohol, as exposure to air can cause bacteria growth.
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