Make-Ahead Monday: Vanilla Extract, Simple Syrup, and Simple Ways to Give Them

Advent Day 1 Make-Ahead Monday Vanilla Extract Simple Syrup and Simple Ways to Give Them

It’s the first of our Advent Make-Ahead Mondays!
Each Monday in Advent, we’ll be getting something ready to give as a gift to family, neigbours, and friends.
Today, we’ll be making small bottles of Vanilla Extract and Simple Syrup.

DIY Vanilla Extract and Simple Syrup for Holiday Gifts Hostess Gifts or just to look pretty on your counter with free printable tags

First up is our awesome vanilla extract:

DIY Vanilla Extract

Here’s the DIY!

DIY Vanilla Extract visual diy

The Lunchbox Season’s Vanilla Extract

Author: Roseanne Carrara, The Lunchbox Season

Equipment

  • Bottles
  • Funnel

Ingredients

  • Vanilla Beans
  • Bourbon or Vodka

Instructions

  • Slice open 2 vanilla beans for every 2 oz of alcohol.
  • Cut beans in half if necessary to fit into the bottles.
  • Place beans in airtight bottles.
  • Funnel alcohol into bottles.
  • Seal tightly and let sit for 4-6 weeks before using.

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Next up is our oh-so-easy Simple Syrup:

DIY Simple Syrup for Holiday Cocktails or Anytime cocktails with a printable label

Here’s the DIY:

DIY Simple Syrup

Author: Roseanne Carrara, The Lunchbox Season

Ingredients

  • 1 part water
  • 2 parts sugar

Instructions

  • Boil water
  • Add sugar and boil until sugar dissolves completely.
  • Immediately remove from heat.
  • Allow to cool and thicken.
  • Place in a jar or bottle.
Simple Syrup DIY

And here are a few simple ways to give them…

Ways to Give Vanilla Extract or Simple Syrup

Want some printable graphics for your labels or jars? We’ve got those, too!

Bake with Me Final
Drink with Me Label front final

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One Response to Make-Ahead Monday: Vanilla Extract, Simple Syrup, and Simple Ways to Give Them

  1. Blaise December 1, 2014 at 9:01 am #

    Sounds delicious! And great photos.