Some vanilla beans. I got some fair trade ones from a co-op, these in particular are bourbon vanilla beans:
The rule of thumb is one bean for every 1/3 of a cup. The jar we're using is 1 cup, so I used 3 beans. I cut mine in half so they could fit in the small jar I was using. Then you wanna split them lengthwise so all the yummies can seep out :)
Then, just throw them in your chosen container.
Next, you'll need some alcohol. I've heard some people swear by rum. But I'm cuban, rum is made for drinks lol. So I decided on a 100 proof vodka as my alcohol of choice.
Yea, obviously a container that big is not gonna be used solely for the use of making yummy extracts ;) Anyways, you fill up your container that has your beans (and a glass with ice if you're hardcore like that).
Mmmm! Wait... one more.
Oh yea! Then you throw the lid on and give it a good shake. You should see little yummy pieces of vanilla happily floating around in their sea of delicious drunkenness. Store it in a cool, dry, dark spot for about 6-8 weeks. Make sure to give it a good shake every now and again.
This jar in particular is going to be a gift, so I added a pretty fabric swatch for good measure.