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December 23, 2009




I've been waiting since last Shallow Thought Wednesday to find out about the four ounces of Uganda Gold bourbon vanilla beans. Guest poster John Lindner never fails to come through. EL

Homemade vanilla extract is a wonderful thing. Easy to make. Festive. Lasts forever. And it is, most significantly, vanilla — Wisdom’s chocolate.

It’s also a great co-worker Christmas gift: handmade, homey, 80 proof. ...


From Internet suppliers, I secured a quarter pound of Uganda Gold bourbon vanilla beans and a couple dozen four-ounce corked bottles.

A nearby spiritsmonger provided three liters of Sobieski (not bad for vodka).

I slit each bean lengthwise and folded them so they’d fit in the bottles.

Add vodka. Wait a couple of months (though they become aromatic in a few days).

I call it Vodnilla. My Personal Art Director fashioned the Vodnilla label and tied one to each bottle. (Thanks, Bon!)

I distributed them to co-workers.

Happiness ensued.

Merry Christmas.

Posted by Elizabeth Large at 10:09 AM | | Comments (5)


I love this idea, and have seen it here there and everywhere this season. The problem is that I needed to see it here, there, and everywhere back in September.

Absolutely love your label! I would be thrilled to receive one of these bottles, for sure.

Lucky, lucky co-workers. I can just smell the intoxicating aroma now. Vanilla, chocolate, bacon, and bourbon, Dining@Large is replete with sensory pleasures this morning. Thank you, jl, and have yourself a merry little christmas.

This stuff probably leads to the captcha "added swerving"

What a great Personal Art Director. I love the bottles. I'm positive that I've seen them - corks and all - somewhere or other and thought, "What would I do with them?"

Long ago, I lived in Pennsylvania, in the middle of Mennonite farm country. The nearest grocer sold only artificial vanilla, which I bought because I had no idea what it was. Ugh! Nasty stuff.

and, not today.

I'm guessing its better than Skittle Vodka. I made some over the summer with my bro-in-law... taste the rainbow :)

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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