Mezcal Vanilla Extract
When most home cooks get the notion to make their own vanilla extract, they typically use vodka because of its neutral flavor. But extract can be made by infusing vanilla pods in many spirits. Here, Jamila Robinson takes mezcal, which pairs beautifully with sweets like chocolate tamales or chewy caramels, and which is a favorite component of cocktails made with vanilla and honey, to make a smoky vanilla extract. Mezcal is an especially good match for vanilla beans from Mexico and Madagascar, which also have a smoky flavor profile.