The Texas-based distillery, Tito’s Vodka, is getting even more involved to help combat the coronavirus pandemic. You may remember when Tito’s Vodka released an official statement on March 5 saying that they don’t recommend using their vodka as hand sanitizer as the CDC recommendation alcohol content is 60% and Tito’s Vodka is only 40%.
Per the CDC, hand sanitizer needs to contain at least 60% alcohol. Tito's Handmade Vodka is 40% alcohol, and therefore does not meet the current recommendation of the CDC. Please see attached for more information. pic.twitter.com/OMwR6Oj28Q
— TitosVodka (@TitosVodka) March 5, 2020
All of this just changed with the latest announcement from Tito’s Vodka, committing to produce 24 tons of hand sanitizer to contribute to the high demand in regards to the coronavirus pandemic. According to a statement from Tito’s Vodka, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Business (TTB) authorized the production of ethanol-based hand sanitizers for permitted distillers.
Tito’s is currently testing their formula and packaging, they’re also preparing to start production and is waiting for the delivery of needed equipment and ingredients. Tito’s also said they will be giving away their new product for free “to our community and those most in need.”
While we advise that you cannot use our vodka as a hand sanitizer, our distillery has been working hard to get all of the pieces in place to begin production on 24 tons of hand sanitizer that adheres to industry and governmental guidance. Please see attached for more information. pic.twitter.com/c5pTzVOvv1
— TitosVodka (@TitosVodka) March 22, 2020
Tito’s is joining a growing team of distillers committing to the production of much-needed hand sanitizer including Absolut Vodka, Jameson Whiskey, and Pernod Ricard. The maker of Smirnoff Vodka and Guinness beer, Diageo, also committed to helping make more than 8 million bottles of hand sanitizer and donating more than 2 million liters of alcohol.
When considering buying hand sanitizer, the CDC recommends having 60% alcohol content and it’s recommended