So I am going to just say, judge all you want. Judge my half empty vanilla bottle, and the fact that this was a gift I made for my family... last year. Done judging? Good. Making the vanilla extract is super simple, and if you look on Pinterest there are a million posts about it! All you really need to know:
• 2 (ish) vanilla beans (vanilla beans are easy to find, we bought ours on amazon) for every 5 oz of vodka/bourbon/whisky.
• Shake gently every week for 6-8 weeks before using.
If you don't wait, you are just giving people a small shot of flavored of alcohol. If you are like me and waited until the last minute, include a cute note that tells when the vanilla is good for use, and instructions on shaking every week. They'll enjoy it even more if they put a little work into it, right?
I made my label to be specific to the beans and the alcohol I was using, as well as the date the extract was good by, but for you I kept it plain so you can use whatever you want! Download a 3 inch label here, 2 inch here and 1 inch here.