SAN ANTONIO – Tito’s Handmade Vodka is creating a new clear liquid, and it ain’t vodka.
The Austin-based distillery said it is “working hard” to produce at least 24 tons of hand sanitizer to meet demands amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The company said it wants to give the hand sanitizer away for free to those in the most need.
“Currently, we are testing our formula, procuring necessary components of supplies and packaging, and preparing for production as we wait for the additional required ingredients to be delivered to the distillery,” the distillery said, adding that details will be released soon.
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
On Wednesday, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau said it will allow distilleries to produce ethanol-based hand sanitizers to help meet the demand. Distilleries can make the sanitizers through June 30.
Tito’s announced the new product after a person bragged about using its vodka as a hand sanitizer earlier this month.
At the time, Tito’s said its vodka, which contains 40% alcohol, does not meet the requirements of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Tito’s also announced it will donate a total of $1 million to Children of Restaurant Employees, the USBG Foundation, Southern Smoke Foundation’s Emergency Relief Fund and World Central Kitchen, which all support food and beverage employees and their families.
COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new virus, stands for coronavirus disease 2019. The disease first appeared in late 2019 in Wuhan, China, but spread around the world in early 2020, causing the World Health Organization to declare a pandemic in March.
MORE CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE FROM KSAT:
- Here’s what we know about the confirmed COVID-19 cases in San Antonio
- First COVID-19 death reported in San Antonio
- Map: Track COVID-19 cases in Texas, county-by-county updates
- ‘We have community transmission now.’ Bexar County changes tactics from containment to mitigation
- Unemployment claims are soaring. What to do if you lose your job
- Map: Where San Antonio-area students can find free school meals during closures
- Texas governor bans dine-in eating, gatherings of 10+ through April 3
- SAQ: Your coronavirus questions answered
- Explained: New declarations of emergency issued in San Antonio and Bexar County
- 8 ways to help your fellow San Antonians during coronavirus pandemic
- The ultimate coronavirus guide: From preparedness and prevention to testing and treatment
- Track live coronavirus updates in the US, globally with real-time maps of confirmed cases, deaths
- Social distancing and hungry? These San Antonio-area restaurants are offering To-Go deals