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Sunday, January 25, 2009

be still?


If you thought I was making moonshine, you wouldnt be far off.



While this vanilla extract is far from 'whisky squeezins' it is a fine steeped and mellow brew.



Premium grade vanilla sliced lengthwise, slightly scraped and packed into this cute little cognac miniature bottle.



Pour in some pirate grade extra dark rum and we wait, and we wait, and we wait, we taste it and then we wait some more, after 8 weeks it should be ready.

21 comments:

starrlife said...

Now is that a special drink or a version of vanilla extract you're making? I've been thinking of making some vanilla extract for xmas gifts next year! It sure looks purty in that bottle tho!

buffalodick said...

Cordials are easy and tasty...

doggybloggy said...

starrlife: extract....I guess I should have mentioned that

buff: I have always wanted to make citrus infused alcohols..

Harmony said...

It looks great...I mean, is it vanilla extract? I have never had homemade extract, I should give it a try.

Harmony said...

How long must one wait, for it to be ready?

doggybloggy said...

Harmony, It is vanilla extract and it takes about 8 weeks but once it is ready all you need to do to keep it going is to top off the bottle as it goes down....never ending extract.

Anette said...

Mmm! bet that smells (and taste?) good! Do you drink it or does it get to much(of the good stuff)? Maybe you only use it in cooking?

doggybloggy said...

anette: it is for cooking, though if it tastes really good I might make a big daddy batch for sipping....

5 Star Foodie said...

Thanks for sharing this - my vanilla extract is almost used up and I am definitely making my own next!

Chef E said...

I was at an tasting recently and a guy had made Meade with vanilla and it was really good, another made an orange liqueur and I am not sure this extract would make it into any recipes, I might just drink it :)

chefhollyh@gmail.com said...

I just was cleaning out my pantry and found a bunch of overly dried vanilla beans a farmer gave to me.(He was experimenting with the curing process and went a little too far) I think they would work with this. I will try it. I also have a bunch of dark rum that someone gave to me, perfect!

k said...

You can use a clear liquor as well. I've taken to using plain vodka. Not even a good brand! LOL

csquad said...

is it really that easy!? i never knew! thank you for enlightening me :) I'm off to the liquor store now...!

Kelly said...

I'm currently brewing up my own first batch of extract. I'm excited to see how it turns out. I'm using vodka for mine. I'm about...3 weeks or so into mine.

Fumi said...

If it's good and easy as it sounds, I am going for the big daddy batch from the get-go. Wonder if 151 will work?

Sophie said...

I will make this!Yum Yum!

Tanya Kristine said...

hiccup...

lisa (dandysugar) said...

What a fabulous idea! I can really use this recipe since I go through so much of the stuff. Though, I've never had homemade extract. Would I be able to use this for cakes and things?

leanne said...

I really want to try this! Thank you for sharing.

giz said...

I love this - I may just have to drink all the little bottles in my cupboard just for the vessel factor.

Momma Cupcake said...

well dammit you better enter my Dessert Wars because this theme is Vanilla....speaking of which....why haven't you ever entered Mr. Gonzales?

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