* 7.5 oz alcohol such as Everclear or Golden Grain
* 20 oz of cooled simple syrup --- equal portions of sugar and water, heated so that the sugar dissolves, then cooled
* A funnel and strainer; this could be a funnel lined with a coffee filter or several layers of cheesecloth. I happen to have access to funnels used to collect kidney stones from urine . . . they're clean I swear.
* A pint mason jar and lid
* 1 1" piece of vanilla bean (optional, but I did it this time)
* An empty container for the finished product (here, an emptied liqueur bottle with the label removed)