Vanilla Bean Liqueur

This DIY vanilla liqueur recipe smells as good as it tastes.

By The Editors

Better Homes and Gardens Make It, Don't Buy It

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If you can't find vanilla beans in your local supermarket, try Amazon or any online retailer selling specialty foods. They're the base of this DIY drink from Better Homes and Gardens Make It, Don't Buy It (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

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Prep time: 10 minutes
Stand time: 1 month

Ingredients:
2 cups vodka
1 cup sugar
3 vanilla beans, split in half crosswise and lengthwise
Vanilla beans (optional)

Directions:
1. In a sterilized quart screw-top jar, combine vodka, sugar, and the split vanilla beans. Cover tightly and shake jar until sugar dissolves.

2. Allow mixture to stand in a cool, dark place 1 month. Remove vanilla beans; discard.

3. If desired, transfer to decorative jars or bottles and add a vanilla bean for garnish. Seal jar(s). Store at room temperature.

Makes 2 1/2 cups

Nutritional information per 2 tablespoons liqueur: 92 cal., 0 g fat, 0 mg chol., 0 mg sodium, 10 g carb., 0 g fiber, 0 g pro.

Text excerpted from MAKE IT, DON’T BUY IT © 2016 by Better Homes and Gardens. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.

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