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Vanilla Extract

MAKES 1 QUART

5 vanilla beans

1 quart (100-proof) vodka

Split and scrape seeds from vanilla beans. Place pods and seeds into a quart jar. Fill with vodka and seal. Let sit for 3 weeks. Shake daily.

Strain through tea strainer or small, tight-woven sieve and bottle. (Lacey uses dropper bottles, but any attractive glass bottle will do.)

Tim Lacey, the Drawing Room



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