WE’LL DRINK TO THAT

EN­JOY YOUR DRINK WHILE DO­ING SOME GOOD: IN HONOR OF TITO’S NEW PHI­LAN­THROPY, THREE AUSTIN BARS SERVE UP SUM­MER VODKA COCK­TAILS.

Austin Way - - SCENE | STYLE | SPACE - BY TOM THORN­TON

Austin-based Tito’s Hand­made Vodka now do­nates 100 per­cent of pro­ceeds from its on­line mer­chan­dise store (titosvodka.com/store) to char­ity. The idea comes with a twist: Cus­tomers choose their fa­vorite char­i­ta­ble part­ner from a list in­clud­ing an­i­mal­friendly Emancipet to Op­er­a­tion Home­front for mil­i­tary fam­i­lies. Tito’s Vice Pres­i­dent of Brand Mar­ket­ing Ni­cole Port­wood sums it up: “Tito Bev­eridge’s vi­sion is to make the world a bet­ter place... the on­line store was a nat­u­ral ex­ten­sion of our phi­lan­thropy.”

JU­NIPER’S “DO­MINICA”

1 oz. Tito’s vodka ½ oz. Sam­buca Meletti ½ oz. le­mon juice ½ oz. grapefruit juice 3 oz. tonic wa­ter Build in a collins glass over ice cubes and gar­nish with a rose­mary sprig and de­hy­drated le­mon wheel. Gen­eral man­ager Justin El­liott says: “This is a lovely, long drink with depth and com­plex­ity... the bit­ter­sweet grapefruit builds off the bit­ter qui­nine in the tonic so it fin­ishes with a brac­ing qual­ity.” 2400 E. Ce­sar Chavez St., No. 304, 512-2209421; ju­niper­austin.com

THE HIGHTOWER’S “THE GREENGO”

3 oz. “Greengo” mix (blended and strained cu­cum­ber, gin­ger root, sugar, and wa­ter mixed with 2 parts lime juice to 1 part Kina L’Aero D’Or) 1.5 oz. Tito’s vodka Shake and strain over ice in a rocks glass and gar­nish with a cu­cum­ber slice. Bar man­ager Robin Ozaki notes: “This is a snappy, re­fresh­ing sum­mer drink. The bit­ter bright­ness of the Kina L’Aero D’Or melds with spicy gin­ger and mild cu­cum­ber for some­thing easy-drink­ing yet ex­otic.” 1209 E. Sev­enth St., 512-524-1448; the­high­tow­er­austin.com

CLIVE BAR’S “OLD RAINEY SANGRITA”

1 ½ oz. Tito’s vodka ¾ oz. tomato juice ¾ oz. each or­ange juice + ruby red grapefruit juice ½ oz. lime juice ½ oz. agave nec­tar ½ oz. Wil­li­gan’s Is­land spicy green bean brine 4 dashes jalapeño tinc­ture + 1 pinch chili pow­der Shake and strain over ice and gar­nish with a le­mon wheel and spicy green beans. Bev­er­age di­rec­tor Tom Ko­erner says: “This is a lighter riff on a sangrita, a tra­di­tional ac­com­pa­ni­ment to a dram of tequila. I love it with Tito’s as a fresh, sum­mer­friendly Bloody Mary al­ter­na­tive.” 609 Davis St., 512524-1623; clive­bar.com

Two twists on Tito’s: The Greengo cock­tail at The Hightower ƥƞƟƭ is spicy and ex­otic, while gu­niper ƫƢƠơƭ goes for a drink with depth in its Do­minica con­coc­tion.

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