Can I Add Vodka to My Bourbon-Based Vanilla Extract?

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Q: I made some vanilla extract last year using bourbon instead of vodka — super yummy. I just noticed yesterday that I need to add more alcohol to the bottle (I’m getting low, oh no!), and I have plenty of vodka on hand, but no bourbon.

Would it be horrible to add vodka instead? Thanks!

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Editor: While the flavor would be slightly different, adding vodka to your extract will be just fine! In fact, our recipe for vanilla extract calls for either one:

Readers, have you used a mix of base alcohols for vanilla extract before?