Wine & Spirits

By Kim Taylor

Crater Lake vodka, gin and whiskey from Bendistillery is a concept for our times: sophisticated spirits crafted in small batches with locally sourced ingredients. All vodka is gluten-free and Crater Lake has garnered a slew of well-deserved awards from the World Beverage Competition, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, the Beverage Tasting Institute and others. It’s more than safe to say you are going to love this brand for its high quality ingredients, superior taste and general versatility.

The Crater Lake lineup includes single botanical Gin with handpicked wild juniper berries, Vodka distilled from corn and filtered 10 times through charcoal and lava rock then rested in American oak, Pepper Vodka infused with five different peppers (red and yellow bell, Anaheim, Serrano and habanero) and Hazelnut Espresso Vodka that is a perfect balance of coffee, hazelnut, vodka and a touch of real cane sugar.

The Crater Lake product line also offers Sweet Ginger Vodka as the ideal blend of sweet and spicy with crystallized whole root ginger, Reserve Vodka filtered 100 times through charcoal and lava rock (80 proof + small batch), Estate Gin crafted from grains and botanicals grown at the Distillery in Bend, Oregon (the world’s only estate distilled gin) and Crater Lake Rye Whiskey blended from 95% rye grain, Cascade Mountain water, toffee notes and peppery spice. These are fantastic to blend together and for creating specialty cocktails.

Be sure to read more about this extraordinary brand and where to order your favorite flavors at You can also find dozens of amazing recipes on this site such as The Redheaded Step Child , Ski Lift, Chocolate Russian, Hazelnut Mogul and Ginger Lemon Drop.

Originally published April 2014
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