I know the recipe calls for a lot of vanilla beans, and I know how expensive they are. I found a good supplier (I sound like an addict) online, and the beans they shipped me were perfect. I thought they were better quality than the ones you get at the store for $10 each. When I placed my order it bought regular, Mexican, and Tahitian beans. They give directions on how to store, and take care of them. I also bought vanilla extract, and it rivals the stuff that my Mom brought back from Mexico.
4 cups good Vodka (a fifth) *
8 vanilla beans
Split vanilla beans in half, drop into vodka. Put in a cool dark place for 3 months giving it a shake when you remember. Enjoy!!
*You could also use a good bourbon if you didn’t want to use the vodka. I will be trying both this next time.