Water of life

A little H20 goes a long way in these better-for-you cocktails.

Not only does vodka contain water, but the name even comes from it. When the alchemists of the middle ages discovered how to distill alcohol from wine, they named this new liquid “aqua vitae,” Latin for “water of life.” The Russians concocted their version of aqua vitae sometime in the 14th century and opted to call their drink “dear little water,” “vodka” being a diminutive form of “voda” (pronounced vah-DAH), the Russian word for “water.” Water is used in creating vodka and is also used in vodka drinks. Drinking vodka with water is an amazing way to drink healthier while still getting that vodka taste and still enjoying the feeling from it. So do your part to keep our water clean and treat yourself to one of these creative cocktails.

Tito’s Rose Water

It’s time to see the world through rose-colored glasses – well, rose-cocktail glasses. Infuse your Tito’s with a floral flavor and sweeten it up with a splash of grenadine.


1 1/2 ounces rose-infused Tito’s Handmade Vodka

4 ounces sparkling water

1/4 ounce grenadine

1 lemon slice


[1] Add all ingredients to a glass with ice.

[2] Squeeze lemon slice and stir.

Tito’s Guava Water

Put the Tito’s in the coconut and stir it all up. Add guava and a splash of bubbles? Now, we’re talking.


2 ounces Tito’s Handmade Vodka

2 ounces coconut water

1 ounce guava juice

1 ounce soda water


[1] Add Tito’s Handmade Vodka, coconut water and guava juice to a glass with ice.

[2] Stir and top with sparkling water.

[3] Garnish with a lime slice.

Tito’s Texas Water

This classic twist on the “vodka soda” is as tried-and-true as its Texan signature. Simple, refreshing and the perfect way to quench any thirst, from the bar stool to the back porch.


1 1/2 ounce Tito’s Handmade Vodka

4 ounces soda water

2 orange slices, quartered

2 lemon slices, quartered


[1] Slice oranges and lemons.

[2] Muddle slices and Tito’s Handmade Vodka in a glass.

[3] Add ice and top with soda water.

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