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Tito’s Midsummer’s Night Cocktails

Jack Bettridge
Posted: July 27, 2012

Survey the season at midpoint and you see a summer of weather extremes. Between parching drought in the Heartland and vagrant tornadoes in the Northeast, it calls for refreshing drinks that nevertheless have the gravitas for contemplation.

Tito’s Handmade Vodka seems to have predicted the weather with its seasonal cocktail suggestions, a group that fits the bill as thirst-quenchers, but delivers with the turbulent interest worthy of current meteorological patterns.

Take Tito’s Redbud. What starts as a pleasant sunny day of fruit juices and smooth, all-corn-mash vodka, suddenly turns turbulent with the addition of Mariachi pepper, grapefruit bitters and a dash of salt.

The Tito’s Redbud
Created Exclusively for Tito’s Handmade Vodka by Jeff Boley of Paggi House

1 1/2 oz. Tito's Handmade Vodka
1/8" wheel Mariachi pepper (or other medium-heat pepper)
1/2 oz. house-made grenadine
juice from whole orange
juice from 1/2 a lime
dash of sea salt
dash of Fee Brothers grapefruit bitters
3 pomegranate seeds

In a mixing glass muddle the Mariachi pepper, grenadine, bitters and sea salt. Add the lime, orange juice, Tito's Handmade Vodka and ice. Shake, strain into a chilled martini glass and sink with a dash of grenadine. Garnish with pomegranate seeds.

Glass shot of Texas Slipper.
Tito’s Texas Sipper
The Texas Sipper slakes the thirst on two fronts with the soft and sweet elderflower liqueur swept up in a tornado of tart grapefruit delivery devices.

Tito’s Texas Sipper

1 1/2 oz. Tito's Handmade Vodka
1/2 oz. elderflower liqueur such as St. Germain
1 1/2 oz. fresh grapefruit guice
club soda

Shake Tito's, elderflower liqueur and juice over ice. Strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice and top with soda. Garnish with a mint leaf.

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