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Cocktails for the quarantined

With bars across the Lowcountry temporarily closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, we libations-loving locals are forced to raid our liquor cabinets to mix our own drinks. If you stocked up on booze but were disappointed to learn it’s not a great substitute for hand sanitizer, fret not. Put those spirits to good use by recreating these recipes from Hilton Head Distillery and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

Green light

Drink your greens with a splash of your favorite juice. Just mix Tito’s Handmade Vodka, ginger ale and muddled fresh greens for a light and refreshing Tito’s Green Ginger. During a crisis, you know, cocktail hour can be almost any hour.

Tito’s Handmade Vodka – Tito’s Green Ginger


3 cucumber slices

2 mint leaves

2 basil leaves

1 1/2 ounces Tito’s Handmade Vodka

1/2 ounce lime juice

3 ounces ginger ale


Gently muddle cucumber slices, mint leaves and basil leaves in a shaker. Add vodka, lime juice and ice. Shake and strain into a glass. Top with ginger ale.

A taste of the tropics

Make a little time for Tiki Time between loads of laundry. Maria Vertucci of Hilton Head Distillery created this concoction at home with her husband-to-be, Pat. The key ingredient is HHD’s fan favorite, Toasted Coconut Rum. Mixed with pineapple juice, guava nectar and Coco López, it’s sure to transport you to a happier place (until the dryer buzzer sounds).

Hilton Head Distillery – Maria’s MasterPiece


1 1/2 ounces Hilton Head Distillery Toasted Coconut Rum

4 ounces pineapple juice

1 ounce guava nectar

1/2 ounce Coco López


Mix all ingredients and pour into your favorite cocktail glass. Garnish with whatever you have lying around the house. In this case, a straw with a cute little umbrella does the trick. It adds just enough class to justify enjoying in your jammies while the sun is still up.