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Tito's Vodka Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Tito, the Founder & Master Distiller here at Tito’s Handmade Vodka, always says that “if you have a liver, we deliver,”* and we wholeheartedly agree with him! However, this time of year, as we gather ’round tables to feast with friends and family members and their long lists of dietary preferences and restrictions, it can be tough to please everyone. Here are a few of our favorite crowd-pleasing, Tito’s-spiked side-dishes that might appeal to a broader audience (and win you some brownie points… which are always delicious).

*…if you’re of legal drinking age, of course.

Buzzy Kale Salad

Kale is packed with all the good-for-you stuff, and this buzzy side is a perfect, lighter compliment to a table filled with heavy, holiday goodies. This savory, spiked side of greens serves up to 4 people.

  • Vodka Vinaigrette

  • 1 medium shallot, minced

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon Tito’s Handmade Vodka

  • 1/4 cup olive oil

  • Salt & pepper, to taste

  • Kale Salad

  • 6 cups torn kale leaves

  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice

  • 1/3 cup toasted pepitas

  • 1/4 cup blue cheese, crumbled


  • In a small bowl, whisk together vinaigrette ingredients and season to taste.

  • In a serving dish, sprinkle torn kale leaves with lemon juice. Gently massage the kale, softening the greens with the acid.

  • Sprinkle pepitas on top of the kale and toss with the vinaigrette.

  • Finish off the salad with the crumbled blue cheese & serve.

Tipsy Antipasto Salad

Shake up some of the standard holiday favorites, and add this savory, aromatic, spiked antipasto to your spread. This recipe serves up to 4 people.


  • 6 – 8 oz mushrooms

  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into 1/2” slices

  • 6 garlic cloves, quartered

  • 1 cup garbanzo beans, drained & rinsed

  • 1/2 cup whole olives

  • 1 can quartered artichoke hearts, drained

  • 1/2 cup olive oil

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons Tito’s Handmade Vodka

  • 2 tablespoons fresh herbs (thyme, parsley, tarragon)

  • Salt to taste


  • Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.

  • Cover and let marinate for at least 1-4 hours before serving.

  • Serve with crackers, lettuce cups, or crusty bread.

Spiked Cranberry Sauce

Trust us. You’ll want a few extra spoonfuls of this spiked cranberry sauce to top of your Thanksgiving meal. This sweet side serves up to 4 people.


  • 1 (12-oz) bag fresh cranberries, rinsed, drained, and picked through

  • 1 cup sugar or coconut sugar

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 1/3 cup Tito’s Handmade Vodka


  • In medium saucepan over moderate heat, bring cranberries, sugar, and 1/2 cup water to a boil, stirring often to dissolve sugar.

  • Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring often, until sauce has thickened and reduced to about 3 cups. About 15 minutes.

  • Transfer sauce to another bowl and stir in Tito’s. Let cool, and serve chilled or at room temperature.

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