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.
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.