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Tito’s Vodka Is Asking People To NOT Use The Drink To Make Hand Sanitizer

The recent coronavirus outbreak has led to a massive influx of hand sanitizer purchases, often to the point where stores run out of stock. Of course, this leads to some people creating their own solutions, not all of which are the safest or smartest choices.

Tito’s Vodka has had to respond to a number of people tagging it on Twitter, talking about using the spirit to make their own hand sanitizer. This is based in part that it is possible to create your own hand sanitizer using rubbing alcohol and aloe vera.

However, rubbing alcohol is at least 60% alcohol (that’s 120-proof for those in the spirit world), and Tito’s falls below that mark. As a result, they’ve been asking people to not use the vodka for sanitation purposes via tweet:

Washing your hands under warm water and soap for 20-25 seconds will always be the optimal sanitation method. If you don’t have access to water, however, and need to make your own sanitizer, just don’t be using Tito’s (or other lower-proof alcohol) in the process.

190-proof Everclear, on the other hand…

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Here’s Why You Should NEVER Store Premium Vodka In The Freezer

Almost everywhere I go, outside of a bar, I’ll see someone pulling out a bottle of vodka from their freezer right before serving it. Sure, it gives the alcoholic spirit a nice chill, but does storing it in a freezer actually do anything to enhance the quality of the drink?

Francois Thibault, the creator of Grey Goose Vodka, doesn’t seem to think so.

Thibault said that throwing your bottle in the freezer actually depreciates the quality of your vodka and that we’ve all been doing it wrong.

More premium vodkas should already have a naturally mild taste, so freezing it would only hide the “sophisticated aromas and flavors” of the alcohol, he told MSN. The Grey Goose creator added that keeping it at room temperature would also be a little aggressive.

Thibault said that the best temperature to store vodka is 39.2 degrees Fahrenheit because that is the temperature of slight dilution with ice in a glass. Freezing cheaper and low-quality vodkas will hide any “aggressive burning notes,” according to Thibault.

At the end of the day, the temperature you want to enjoy your vodka revolves around your personal preferences. Just know that sticking it in the freezer will have some dulling affects on your booze — especially if you’re spending extra on the premium stuff.

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Betty White Credits Her Long Life to Vodka and Hot Dogs

Happy Birthday, Betty White!

Okay, let’s be real. If Betty White is throwing a birthday party, I would like to get my hands on an invite. After all, the 96-year-old Golden Girl credits vodka and hot dogs to her long, healthy life. Can you imagine how much of a blast it’ll be? Vodka and hot dogs? And “lots and lots of it.”

Now that I’m a quarter century, my eyes have been lingering longer on the eye creams and wrinkle-reducing masks at Sephora. The number of supplements I take every day is kind of frightening. The truth is, while I may not be an OC Housewife, searching left and right for the next Fountain of Youth, I too dread getting older.

Well, according to White, a little bit of booze and processed meat is the key.

Okay, that doesn’t mean everyone needs to go hard on multiple bottles of Grey Goose daily, but she may be onto something.

A study indicates people who drink moderately were over 20% less likely to die early of any cause.

White also adds an optimistic mindset leads to happier life.

“Enjoy life. Accentuate the positive, not the negative. It sounds so trite, but a lot of people will pick out something to complain about, rather than say, ‘Hey, that was great!’ It’s not hard to find great stuff if you look.”

True that, sister! Cheers to the true queen and happy birthday!

Now, who wants to come to my barbecue party this weekend? I’ll get the vodka and hot dogs ready!

I taught Cam everything he knows. #SuperBowl #SB50

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KFC Serves Up Gravy-Based Cocktails To Hop On ‘Stocktails’ Trend of Stock-Based Mixed Drinks

Our friends overseas are just ahead of the culinary curve — like it or not. For example, KFC in Europe is encouraging customers to use its gravy in cocktails.

Building off of the so-called “stocktails” trend of stock-based cocktails, The Colonel and Co. have concocted three cocktail recipes with KFC’s signature gravy: Finger Lickin’ Sour, Gravy Mary, and Southern Twist (recipes below).

This isn’t the first time that gravy and booze have come together willfully. Last holiday season, Wild Turkey promoted their signature “gravyback,” which was their unique take on a pickleback. In their version, you take a shot of their bourbon followed by a shot of turkey gravy straight from a gravy boat.

So, if that sounds appealing to you and if you’re ready to make your own stocktail, go get some KFC gravy and have at it.


The Finger Lickin’ Sour


100ml KFC Gravy

400ml Mezcal

15ml Cherry liqueur

25ml Fresh lemon juice

10ml Orange marmalade

Pinch of salt

Pinch of pepper

One egg white

To garnish: thyme sprig


Pour the mezcal and the KFC gravy into a tall glass. Cover firmly and shake.

Place the glass into the freezer and freeze for three hours.

Once frozen, pour the gravy-infused mezcal through a strainer and clean cloth into a fresh glass.

Squeeze the lemon into the glass, add the marmalade, salt, pepper and egg white then shake again.

Pour the cocktail mixture into a Martini glass and sprinkle with thyme to finish


The Gravy Mary 


50ml Vodka

20ml KFC gravy

Spice mix: 20ml Worcester sauce, three drops Tabasco, three grinds white pepper, pinch of celery salt, pinch of paprika, half teaspoon horseradish cream

15ml Fresh lemon juice

90ml Tomato juice

To garnish: celery, Popcorn Chicken


To create the spice mix pour Tabasco sauce, Worcester sauce, white pepper, celery salt, paprika and horseradish cream into a tall glass. Cover firmly and shake.

Add vodka to the spice mix and pour in the lemon juice, tomato juice and mix again.

Add in KFC gravy into the mix, stir all of the ingredients together and pour into a fresh highball glass.

Finish with celery and a small skewer of popcorn chicken.


The Southern Twist 


50ml Kentucky Bourbon

60ml Fresh hot KFC gravy

Two grinds black pepper

Two teaspoons granulated brown sugar

Four teaspoons dried parsley

To garnish: parsley and brown sugar rim


Chop the parsley and mix with the brown sugar in a bowl.

Cut the lemon and coat the rim of the glass with it.

Dip the rim of the glass into the chopped parsley and brown sugar mixture

Add ice cubes and Kentucky Bourbon to your rocks glass.

Finally pour KFC gravy into the glass then give it a mix.

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Rejoice, This Alcohol Brand Is Promising Hangover-Free Results

If you’ve ever been hungover, then you’ve likely promised yourself or your God that you would never drink again. However, V.E.S Vodka & Gin are promising to end that problem for you — if you drink vodka or gin.

The hangover-free Australian spirits will soon be available nationwide for the first time this fall. The vodka, formerly known as Vitamin Vodka, has been seen in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, among others for its restorative properties.

V.E.S Founder Darryl Tombleson created these spirits using a combination of all natural, organic ingredients combined with pure water and is based on a 1,000-year-old recipe. His goal was to create spirits that after you drink, you don’t have to worry about waking up with the effects normally associated with consuming alcohol. It’s been acclaimed by 1,000 testers to be hangover-free.

“We crafted V.E.S. Vodka & Gin to be as healthy as possible, for alcohol at least,” said Tombleson via a statement. “There are millions of people worldwide who appreciate what they eat or drink can impact their health. Or their desire to live the next morning.”

V.E.S Vodka & Gin is priced at $99 per bottle, which proves to be rather cheap when you consider the priceless feeling of waking up to absolutely no hangover symptoms after a night of turning up.

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Rita Ora and Absolut Vodka Give Fans A Voice With The Open Mic Project

Absolut Vodka recently celebrated its latest global campaign, Create a Better Tomorrow, Tonight, with the launch of The Open Mic Project.  Designed in partnership with pop star Rita Ora, this initiative provides a musical platform for amplifying and uniting voices across the country as a part of the brand’s larger mission of using creativity as a force for positive change and inspiring action.

The project will feature real stories of acceptance from fans, friends, and followers – including Ora’s personal story. Throughout the submission period – from October 11, 2017 through December 1, 2017 – Ora will use these stories to inspire a new song, as a step toward creating an environment in which all people feel valued and respected.

“As a refugee, I know firsthand how isolating it can feel to be misrepresented in the face of adversity,” said Ora via a statement. “I’m excited to join Absolut with The Open Mic Project because we’re using music as a way to bring people together. From sharing my own story to spotlighting others, we’re bringing the issue of acceptance to a global stage and changing today’s current chat to be more inclusive.”

“At Absolut, we believe that tomorrow’s change is a result of today’s action, and action starts when voices unite,” added Nick Guastaferro, Director of Marketing, Absolut, Pernod Ricard USA. “With The Open Mic Project, Absolut is once again tapping into its inclusive heritage to bring people together– from sharing quality cocktails to facilitating meaningful conversations – to refresh the talk and inspire a more inclusive world for everyone, everywhere.”

In January, Ora will debut the new song in conjunction with Absolut’s exclusive spirits sponsorship of the 60th GRAMMY Awards.

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ArcticBuzz Brings Vodka and Ice Cream Together For a Boozy Frozen Treat

Growing up, the only time you might equate spirits with ice cream was when your uncle asked for Rum Raisin.  And recently, the trend of boozy milkshakes has been all the rage (as seen here and here). Now, a new brand is bringing vodka to our favorite frozen treat.

ArcticBuzz has created homemade, hand-churned, smooth, vodka frozen dairy dessert. The Baltimore-based creamery worked closely with a local distillery to create artisan flavors that are formulated solely for them. Arctic Buzz currently features six flavors — Chocolate, Cookies & Cream, Key Lime, Raspberry, Coconut and Vanilla — and contains 8.6% – 8.9% alcohol.

ArcticBuzz is only currently sold in Maryland, so you will have to visit the Old Line State for your fix or have someone ship it to you.
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Simple Vodka Fights Hunger In America With “1 Drink = 1 Meal” Philosophy

It always feels good to give back. Whether that’s donating a few dollars or simply time, it leaves a warm feeling in your heart. And now, buying Simple Vodka will warm your heart and so much more.

The vodka has a single goal: to fight hunger in America.  According to its founders, Danny Lafuente and Dan Maslow, the idea was to create a farm-to-bottle vodka with a business model that results in the donation of 20 meals per bottle produced — effectively, one meal per drink — through partnerships with local and national hunger relief programs. Since launching in Florida, New York, and California this May, Simple has donated more than 29,000 meals and aims for a goal of achieving 30 million meals annually by 2020.

In addition to doing good, Simple is made well. Handcrafted and distilled in Idaho, the vodka is made from locally sourced russet potatoes and fresh water from the Snake River aquifer. The gluten-free vodka supports sustainable, local production systems, as the distillery’s eco-friendly manufacturing methods include using sustainable energy sources, wastewater recycling, and byproduct upcycling. Its four-column fractional distillation process generates less energy and produces less waste than any other method, thereby allowing the vodka to be distilled only one time.

Recently, Simple received a Double Gold medal from the 2017 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, in recognition of the vodka’s high-quality, premium taste, flavor, and mixability.