The best tasting
hootch vanilla is the homemade stuff. I've been brewing this batch for about 6 weeks or more and bottled it up with my own label. It will get tucked in with some Christmas gifts. If you've never made homemade vanilla extract, it's easy.
Homemade Vanilla Extract
1 large bottle of cheap vodka
2-4 whole vanilla beans, split lengthwise
Remove the cap from the vodka bottle and slip in the split vanilla beans. Recap and leave in a dark cupboard for 6-8 weeks. The longer you leave it, the better. The vodka will darken and vanilla seeds will float around. Before bottling, you may like to strain the seeds with a coffee filter through a funnel. I don't because I think the seeds give the extract more flavor. You can reuse the beans in another bottle of vodka to make more extract.