Everclear or High Proof Vodka
Add the sugar and water to a small sauce pan.
Split the 1/2 Vanilla Bean the long way and scrape out the seeds with the back of your knife, then add the seeds and pod to the saucepan.
Heat the syrup gently over a low flame without boiling for ten minutes.
Let the syrup continue to infuse for a few hours or overnight in the refrigerator before using.
Strain through a fine cheese cloth to remove the seeds to stop the infusion (optional).
Add a little splash of Everclear of strong vodka to help preserve your syrup.