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Tito's Handmade Vodka working to manufacture hand sanitizer

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(Photo: Screenshot of Tito's Handmade Vodka announcement on Facebook)

AUSTIN, Texas (KEYE) – Austin-based Tito's Handmade Vodka is working to produce their own hand sanitizer to help keep people safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

While Tito's says you can't use their standard vodka as a sanitizer (which they told everyone earlier this month), the distillery posted on Twitter and Facebook that they have been working to get all of the pieces in place to begin production on a hand sanitizer that adheres to industry and governmental guidance.

Once they've perfected the formula, Tito's will be giving the hand sanitizer away for free:

"Last week, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) announced they are authorizing production of ethanol-based hand sanitizers by permitted distillers. This good news allowed our team to continue working on this process.
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. We have the ingredients and equipment on order to make an initial 24 tons of hand sanitizer over the next several weeks, and plan to make more from there as needed.
While we don’t have all of the details quite yet, we do know we will be giving it away for free to our community and those most in need. We will update you as we know more on TitosVodka.com."