Sunday, November 23, 2014

How To Make Tahitian Vanilla-Infused Spirits

Time for a little holiday cocktail party prep! In our opinion, there’s no better way to get in the holiday mood than cranking up some Bing and mixing up a couple of vanilla-infused sippers for friends and family. Here is a tried-and-true recipe for making your own vanilla-infused liquor.

Heads up! You will need a couple weeks’ time to make Tahitian Vanilla-Infused Spirits, so you might want to get a jump-start on this DIY project. 

Infusing liquor is so easy. All you need is your favorite spirit, a few Tahitian vanilla beans, and a couple of weeks time.


  • 1 liter or 750ml bottle of good-quality spirits (even an infusion won’t improve bad booze). You can use vodka, bourbon, brandy, rum, gin or even sake.
  • 2 Tahitian* vanilla beans, split in half lengthwise.


  • Add split vanilla beans to your bottle of liquor and let sit in a cool, dark place. The longer the spirits sit, the stronger the flavor. 
  • Taste the infusion every few days until the vanilla flavor has the desired strength. There is no right or wrong number of days to infuse the liquor. Your own tastebuds will tell you when the infusion is right. Anywhere from a few days to a couple weeks is within the realm of a good infusion. 
  • When it tastes right to you, remove the vanilla seeds and beans by straining through a coffee filter. If your infusion gets too strong, simply dilute with more spirit.

Don’t miss the best part 
Homemade Tahitian Vanilla-Infused Spirits are a great gift idea. Dress up a cute little bottle or canning jar with a pretty ribbon, and voila—a pint-sized present for your next happy hour host. 

Get your premium Tahitian vanilla beans here.

*Note: Tahitian vanilla beans are larger, more moist and more plump than other vanilla beans. If you can’t use Tahitian vanilla beans, then use 2-3 times as many of the other types of vanilla beans.

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