Holiday Infusions and Cocktails

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4x Vanilla Tito’s

1 liter Tito’s Vodka
4 vanilla beans

With a sharp knife cut a slit 1/4 of an inch from the top of the beans to a 1/4 of an inch from the bottom of the beans.
Soak beans in vodka for one week. Remove beans. This vanilla vodka will have a much more intense flavor than most vanilla vodkas you run across.

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Apple Peppermint Tito’s

1 liter of Tito’s Vodka
1 red apple peeled and cored
2 red and white candy canes (no other colors as this will cloud the vodka)

Soak apples and candy canes for 2 weeks in vodka, candy canes will dissolve fully and the vodka will take on a bright reddish-pink glow. Remove apples.

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Orange-Cranberry-Cinnamon Tito’s

1 liter of Tito’s vodka
1 orange washed thoroughly
3 cinnamon sticks
8 raw cranberries

cut cranberries in half, cut orange into 1/4 thick wheels, add all ingredients to vodka and let rest for 2 weeks the sugar from the orange will interact with the cranberries and have a nice effect. Remove ingredients and serve!

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Chocolate Tito’s suspension

1 liter of Titos vodka
8 silver dollar sized holiday milk chocolate coins

Remove wrappers from coins and crumble them into small pieces. Immerse in vodka and let rest for one week, shaking the vodka vigorously once a day. Scoop out remaining crumbles. Do not filter this vodka, it is a suspension rather than an infusion and if you filter out the dissolved chocolate you will lose most of the flavor.

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Christmas Cookie Cocktail

2oz 4xVanilla Tito’s
3/4oz pasteurized liquid egg whites
teaspoon of granulated sugar
cinnamon
red and green cookie sprinkles

Combine vodka egg whites and sugar in shaker full of ice, shake vigorously for 20 seconds (shaker should have a layer of frost over it when done). Strain into a coupe glass. Drink should have a thick layer of froth over the top. Grate fresh cinnamon over the froth decorate with holiday sprinkles.

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Holiday Candy Apple:

2 1/2 oz Apple Peppermint Tito’s
Caramel

Drizzle caramel into a coupe glass, make patterns for presentation. Use a chilled dry glass to get the lines to stay put. Chill Apple Peppermint Tito’s in a pint glass with ice and a spoon. Strain into glass and serve

Chocolate Milk

choco_love1 1/4 oz Chocolate Tito’s
3/4 oz Kahlua
Half and half or soy milk
Chocolate holiday coins peeled and frozen

In an iced 10oz collins glass: add Chocolate Tito’s add Kahlua fill remainder of glass with half and half float a chocolate coin in the cocktail. (this was everyone’s favorite, although we hated to admit it since it’s a modified white russian it’s a bit ridiculous and tastes exactly like the chocolate milk you used to drink as a kid):

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Holiday Spiced Punch

1 1/2 oz Orange Cranberry Cinnamon Tito’s
Ginger beer
Orange wheel

Combine ingredients in an iced highball glass, garnish with orange wheel.
(very simple, very tasty)

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