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Tito's Handmade Vodka - Review

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Tito's Homemade Vodka

When we think about the best places where vodka is produced, we consider the grain-growing regions of the former Soviet Union, Eastern Europe, Finland, and other cold, wet, dreary places. So what's a top vodka doing being born deep in the heart of Texas?  While rivals offer up hundreds of years of history, this vodka started in the late 1990s. Others bear noble titles like Imperia and Pearl, but this spirit has been christened with the humble “Tito.”  While Chopin Vodka shares the name of a classic pianist, this American product bears the name of one of the least-talented Jackson 5.

Despite its Texas roots and simple appellation, Tito’s is surprisingly good, crisp and fresh-tasting. Believe it or not, the Tito beverage was created by Tito Beveridge, who runs Austin’s Mockingbird Distillery. With a small crew, the fifth-generation Texan uses propane, American corn and old-fashioned pot stills to produce what he calls the country’s only handcrafted vodka. After the best of the batch is distilled six times, Tito filters it through activated carbon to remove residual impurities.

While other high-end spirits we’ve tasted have suffered due to excessive filtering, this very smooth, pure and neutral vodka seems to benefit from the process. There is virtually no burn in this 80-proof beverage, even when imbibed straight at room temperature. The mild flavor lingers on the front of the tongue, and doesn’t taste watery or syrupy. It mixes well with fruit juices and tonic, but we prefer to drink it neat and cold.

by Jeff Hoyt

Price: $18

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Those who enjoy a mixed vodka beverage at brunch can try the following recipe:

Tito's Favorite Bloody Mary

COCKTAIL RECIPE

Tito's Favorite Bloody Mary

3 oz. tomato juice
1 oz. Tito's Vodka
Salt and ground black pepper
Worcestershire sauce
Tabasco sauce
Juice of half a lemon or lime
3-4 ice cubes
Jalapeno olives and pepperoncini peppers

Combine and serve in glass of your choice.

For more information visit www.titos-vodka.com

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