Taste The Midwest with TILL Vodka

I was asked by Carusele to participate in the #PrideDistilled campaign, sponsored by TILL Vodka. Although I have been compensated, all opinions are my own.

I travel.

This is a fundamental part of who I am. I move, a lot. Not even just for fun or as a tourist, but in life, I have a hard time settling down and have called a lot of places home throughout the world. Born in Boston, I tend to move every three to four years, and sometimes even less.

I lived in Chicago for about two years and, as you know, have just moved out of it. However, there were so many incredible things throughout that city that wrapped themselves around my heart and pulled, tugging onto me, causing love to grow.

I loved the people, the places, the food, and the cocktails.

Chicago actually has some of the best farmers’ markets I’ve ever been too. They are lush and green and filled with friendly people and oh my god the delicious and fresh things that I bought blew my mind.

So when TILL Vodka sent me a bottle and promised the freshness of Midwest ingredients, how could I say no?


TILL Vodka prides itself on being Midwest made. TILL Vodka is born in the heartland, a place where folks take hard work and craftsmanship seriously. Made with the finest local ingredients, TILL Vodka is truly an exceptional vodka. With a crisp taste and the smooth finish, you’ll be proud to serve TILL Vodka to your friends and family.

Also, it is beautifully designed. Just look at this bottle.

Given this pedigree, I clearly had to create a cocktail that would make the Midwest proud.

I wanted something that would best show off this Kansas wheat vodka and also give a little homage to my former homer. Watermelons and cucumbers are summer bumper crops in Illinois. This means they are piled high at the local farmers’ market and perfect for that fresh farm-to-cocktail recipe.

Let’s start with some muddling.


  • 1.5 oz TILL Vodka
  • 0.75 oz fresh lime juice
  • Cucumber and seedless watermelon, peel and rind removed, cut in small pieces. A few sprigs of mint
  • Soda water

(Note: the difference between farm fresh and store-bought cucumber is considerable. For this recipe, try and use the freshest produce possible)

Muddle together the watermelon and cucumber and then mix it in with the TILL Vodka and lime juice. Pour the amount of soda water that you’d like (I do just a little more than a splash but to each their own) and serve over ice.

Here you go, a farm fresh cocktail made with a premium vodka that toasts to the heartland of America.

Sip and enjoy, my friends!