Homemade Vanilla Extract Recipe

Homemade Vanilla Extract Recipe

Homemade vanilla extract is very easy to make and smells wonderful! This vanilla extract is sugar-free and made with just two ingredients: vanilla beans and rum. You can use vanilla extract for cake, smoothies and ice cream.

Homemade Vanilla Extract



  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 5 oz/ 150 ml rum


Homemade Vanilla Extract Recipe

Split the vanilla bean in half and scrape out the seeds. The seeds aren’t necessary for vanilla extract – you can use them for homemade dairy-free vanilla ice cream. Now cut the vanilla bean into small pieces and put them into a jar.

Vanilla Extract Recipe - Sugar-Free And Vodka-Free

Pour rum over the vanilla bean pieces. Cover the jar with a lid and store the vanilla extract in a cool and dark place for at least one month, shaking it occasionally.

You can reuse the ‘spent’ vanilla bean pieces for your next homemade vanilla extract.

How To Make Vanilla Extract With Rum

Here you’ll find an alcohol-free vanilla extract alternative: Homemade vanilla sugar made with organic vanilla powder

33 thoughts on “Homemade Vanilla Extract Recipe

  1. I have made vanilla extract for years and we love using it…. I have never used rum though… have always used vodka, but have heard good things about making it with rum. Thank you

  2. That’s good to know Lina, I’d love to try make our own vanilla extract, but I’m not 100% sure where to get the pods. I haven’t seen any at the organic market we go to. I’ll have to shop around a bit more

  3. Thanks for sharing at What’d You Do This Weekend? I would love to try this. Rum vanilla. That would be good in chocolate chip cookies.

    Wishes for tasty dishes,

  4. I have made homemade vanilla for years and have tried every imaginable alcohol, rum, vodka, etc. I have found that my favorite is a really good cognac. I also place the whole vanilla bean or two or three sliced open in the bottle, it looks really pretty especially for gift giving. It does in fact give a more vanilla flavor and you can also take them out to use the seeds in other things but with so much more flavor. Recently I had a luncheon and gave each guest a parting gift of my homemade vanilla. They loved it.

    Carolyn/A Southerner’s Notebook

  5. I’ve never seen this made w/ rum. Determined to make some this year and give myself enough time for holiday gift giving. Featuring when my party opens. Thank you for sharing!

    1. I’ve never used store-bought vanilla extract so I don’t know! 😉 But homemade vanilla extract is delicious! Let me know how you like it! 🙂

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