Vodka maker warns buyers tipple won't stave off virus

A proper hand sanitiser (pic) needs at least 60 per cent alcohol, whereas Tito's Handmade Vodka contains just 40 per cent, the US distiller pointed out. — AFP pic
A proper hand sanitiser (pic) needs at least 60 per cent alcohol, whereas Tito's Handmade Vodka contains just 40 per cent, the US distiller pointed out. — AFP pic

WASHINGTON, March 9 — US vodka distiller Tito's has warned buyers that making hand sanitiser out of its liquor will not help them fight off the coronavirus, in response to a surge of internet users boasting of making their own moonshine virus protection.

“I made some hand sanitiser out your vodka. The hand sanitiser doesn't taste bad either. Cheers to Tito's vodka. Keeping me germ-free and feeling good at the same time,” said Texas-based Twitter user Snottypotty.

Another user called Kaliel said “gonna make some hand sanitiser from @TitosVodka to keep safe from the corona virus,” while another fan, Rick Holter, suggested keeping a bottle of vodka handy for hand washing.

Faced with an onslaught of such messages and recipes for artisanal vodka-based hand gels, Tito's Vodka took to Twitter to urge people to heed the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about the use of hand sanitiser.

“Per the CDC, hand sanitiser needs to contain at least 60 per cent alcohol. Tito's Handmade Vodka is 40 per cent alcohol, and therefore does not meet the current recommendation of the CDC,” the distiller said. — AFP

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