Founded in 1996, Bendistillery began with a vision of reviving handcrafted American Gin and Vodka. Several years later they have become an award winning craft distillery. With a promise to use only the freshest ingredients, Bendistillery launched Crater Lake Gin and Vodka. Crater Lake vodka is crafted with water from the Cascade Mountains. The vodka is distilled 10 times and is known to be one of the smoothest in the world. The trick to creating Crater Lake vodka is infusing it with sweet and hot peppers to give it both sweetness and spice. Crater Lake gin is 95 proof and infused with juniper berries after the distillation process. These berries, combined with the fresh water from the Cascade Mountains, help to give this gin a crisp flavor.

If you’re into entertaining, be sure to try out the following recipes created by Bendistillery Sampling Room – Bend, Oregon.

Ski Lift

2 oz Crater Lake Hazelnut Espresso Vodka
1 oz brandy
6 oz hot chocolate

Combine all ingredients in a coffee mug, nudge glass or wine glass. Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

Nutty Mariner

2 oz Crater Lake Hazelnut Espresso Vodka
2 oz Grand Marnier
6 oz hot coffee

Combine all ingredients in a coffee mug, nudge glass or wine glass. Top with whipped cream or heavy cream.

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-by Emily Abbott

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Henrique Kerch

I'm a Caracas native, living in Chicago. I have a passion for travel, culture, food, adventure and discovering new places off the beaten path. I still remember the first trip I took internationally as a child and the excitement that it was to know that everyone will speak another language. Traveling was cool—waking up early to make the trip to the airport, packing too much and then realizing it’s much better to pack light. Now a travel writer, I get to see new places continually, check out new restaurants, and talk about my experiences. Just as I’m about to be done with a trip, I see myself at the airport daydreaming while staring at the departure board thinking about my next destination.

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