I'm making vanilla.....did you know you could do that?
You need good vodka, and I'm not sure what constitutes 'good' but this was the most expensive one that Costco sold (don't laugh) so that's what I went with.
Using a fairly sharp knife, I cut down the middle of 9 vanilla beans
(3 beans per cup of vodka) ....
Put vanilla beans in a glass jar, cover with vodka, secure lid and
store in cool, dark place for 2 months.
This was started a month ago and it's turning a nice brown color but still tastes a bit like...um...vodka? Because I don't drink vodka I'm just guessing....it doesn't taste like wine:) Since commercial vanilla extract usually has simple syrup added to it, it won't ever taste quite like that. I could add sugar water but probably won't, it'll be fine for baking.
....from a recipe on Simply Recipes