It’s National Vodka Day. And we’ve got some ideas about how to celebrate it.
Actually we stole all our ideas from the folks at Tito’s Handmade Vodka, who were kind enough to share some of their favorite cocktail recipes.
French Strawberry MoTito
1-2 fresh strawberries
1 mint leaf
1 basil leaf
1 1/2 ounces Tito’s Handmade Vodka
3/4 ounce simple syrup
3/4 ounce fresh lime juice
1/2 ounce. St. Germain Liqueur
Muddle fresh strawberries, and mint and basil leaves in the bottom of a mixing glass. Add Tito’s, simple syrup, lime juice and St. Germain. Shake to combine and pour into a collins glass over fresh ice.
Top with club soda and enjoy.
Tito’s Bacon- Jalapeno Infusion
One of the secrets of this drink is to use non-smoked bacon; try the center cut uncured version from Whole Foods.
Fry 1/2 pound of bacon and drain on paper towels.
Chop and add to 1L Tito’s Handmade Vodka.
Let sit 3-7 days until desired flavor is reached
Slice 1 jalapeno into discs and add to bacon-flavored vodka.
Let sit 10-60 minutes, until desired heat is reached, then strain off the liquid.
Infuse 1L Tito's Handmade Vodka with 3 chai tea bags for three to four days, or until desired flavor is reached
To construct cocktail:
1ounce of infused Tito's
.5 ounce Kahlua
.25oz Tia Maria
1.5 ounces half and half
Shake and strain into a chilled martini glass, or serve on the rocks.
Orange Chai Infusion
In a glass mason jar (or Tito’s bottle) combine:
1 liter of Tito’s Handmade Vodka
Rind from one orange. A vegetable peeler works great for this – be sure to limit the amount of white pith as that can make your infusion bitter
Let sit for 3-5 days and taste. If the vodka has achieved an orange flavor you like, strain out the orange peel.
To your now orange-flavored Tito’s, add:
3 Chai tea bags
Let steep for 10-15 minutes or up to a full day. Remove the tea bags once the infusion tastes great to you!!
Shake infusion over ice with a dash of raw sugar or maple syrup, then strained into a martini glass and garnished with a little orange.
For a creamier alternative, mix 2 ounces of the orange-chai infused Tito’s with 3 ounces of coconut milk.
Tito Spiced Pear
1.5 ounces Tito’s Handmade Vodka
1.5 ounces Rothman & Winter Orchard Pear liqueur, or similar (such as Mathilde Poir)
.5 ounce fresh-squeezed lemon juice
Barspoon St. Elizabeth’s Allspice Dram
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and shake vigorously with ice to chill.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish with a slice of fresh pear, if available, or a lemon twist.
Pretty in Pink
1.5 ouces Tito’s Vodka
.5 ounce PAMA Pomegranate liqueur
Splash pineapple juice
Shake the ingredients over ice and strain for this simple Martini that Tito's created for breast cancer awareness month.
Banana Nut Bread Martini
1 ounce Tito's Handmade Vodka
.5 ounce Creme de Banana
.5 ounce Frangelico
Shake over ice and strain into glass that has been rimmed with sugar.