Winter OR-G

Start your New Year off right with a Winter OR-G (or orgy if you prefer).

OR-G is a brand new liqueur (or at least to the U.S.A.) from France and is the first liqueur to use Permission fruit. Persimmon is an exotic tropical fruit that brings a deliciousness that can’t be found in any other spirit.  Even using a small amount in a simple cocktail adds a completely new twist.

In OR-G’s own words:

OR-G is a tempting blend of Ultra-Premium Vodka and Persimmon mingling with Papaya, Mango and Lime Juices. Created by Master Spirit maker Jean Marc Daucourt, OR-G’s exotic design is not only intended to deliver amazing taste, but adds a sensuality to the drinking experience. OR-G is also highly mixable, lending itself to a variety of tempting cocktail creations. At 17% Alcohol by Volume, OR-G is perfect by itself or ready to be mixed with your favorite Spirit, to add that little extra pop you need to get the party started.


Without a doubt, OR-G is an interesting liqueur that at the very least is worth a try.  If you’re not feeling all that creative, here’s a simple concoction to get you started:

Winter OR-G

.5 oz Stones Ginger wine
1.5 oz OR-G
Cardamom bitters

Muddle 1/4 lime and a generous slice of fresh persimmon fruit on the bottom of shaker with 0.5 oz of stones ginger wine. Add ice and 1.5 oz of OR-G. Shake and pour over rocks in a collins glass add soda and a dash of cardamom bitters.

Give this a try and let The Gintender know what you think below or send us an email!

New Year’s Gala at Church & State


Tickets cost $250 for two people  and space is limited.  Only 50 people will be allowed in before midnight.

Price includes cocktail course served throughout the night and appetizers (You will have open access to FruitBat, but only people who purchase tickets may enter Church & State before midnight.)
Choose between two pre-paid cocktail courses for you and your guest.

Choose your Cocktail Destiny: Sterling or Onyx.

Each course will be served every 40 minutes, additional cocktails/beer/wine may be purchased ala carte.

The Sterling Flight consists of a medley of vodka, gins, and moonshine made west of the Mississippi. The classic vodka martini, the chuck yeager, pritchards white lightning moonshine, gin rickey, the moscow mule and the original mai tai. Bonus cocktail is the champagne toast.

The onyx course boasts american sweethearts: whiskey,boubon and rye. The manhattan, the old fashioned, sazerac, the gilda, dark and stormy, and the washingtonian. Bonus cocktail is the champagne toast.

Doors open at 7:30 pm. First course will be served at 8:20 pm and every 40 minutes after until midnight.

Evening includes buffet from 7:30 pm until the end of the night.

Purchase tickets below:



The Gintender’s Carmel Cider

2011-10-26 pumpkin pie time 013We’re bringing back our weekly recipes and there is no better way to kick things off than The Gintender’s Carmel Cider.

Smooth, delicious and potent…this isn’t your half-assed spiked cider beverage.

Gintender’s Carmel Cider
1.5 oz of Caramel Vodka
0.5 oz of Becherovka liqueur
5.0 oz of cider or pressed apple juice
Dash of ground cloves

Heat and stir with cinammon stick. (Best if served warm, but also delicious cold!)

Give this one a try and let us know what you think below!

Tortoise and the Bare

Photo by Zsuzsanna Kilian

**This recipe is a Gintender original**


1.25 oz Qi Black Tea Liqueur

.75 oz of Runny Honey (1:3 honey to water)

1.0 oz of Vodka

1.0 oz of Lillet blanc

Dash of Peychaud’s bitters

Dash of Regan’s orange bitters


Shake ingredients over ice and strain into a martini glass. Add a dash of peychaud’s bitters and a dash of regan’s orange bitters.

**Note to the reader: This mysteriously smoky combination of Qi Black Tea Liqueur, vodka and runny honeywas once a staple of Wisdom’s famed menu. An instant classic, the Tortoise and the Bare won the D.C. Artini Contest in 2009.

But we’d love to know what you think. Try this one out and give us your full review in the comments section below**

Check out some Tortoise and the Bare press:
Washintonian’s review
We Love DC Review

Van Gogh Spanks the Monkey (shooter)

Photo by Dhilung Kirat


1 part Lucid Absinthe,

1 part Van Gogh Blue Vodka,

2 parts Banana liqueur



Shake ingredients with ice and strain into shot glasses.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day GINtender fans!  This unique little shooter is sure to get your St. Patty’s festivities started off right.


Starry Night


Photo by Dave Young


1 oz. Lucid Absinthe

2-3 oz. Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate Vodka

Crushed Chocolate Cookie

Chinese Star Anise



Line rim of chilled martini glass with crushed chocolate cookie.  Add ice, chocolate and vodka, Lucid Absinthe and simple syrup.  Shake and strain into martini glass.  Garnish with chinese star.

Okay, so this isn’t exactly an absinthe classic we promised to start with, but we thought it would be more exciting to start off with something truly unique.  It take s a little more work, but give this one a try and let us know what you think!

Mojito de Poire

Photo by Gareth Weeks



.5 oz. Pear Liqueur
.5 oz.  Vanilla vodka
8–10 mint leaves
3–4 oz. fresh lime juice
2.5 oz. Zubrowka Bison Grass vodka
Splash Perrier
Lime wedge





Add pear liqueur, vanilla vodka, mint leaves and lime juice to bucket glass.  Muddle the contents.  Then add ice, followed by the Bison Grass vodka.  Add splash of Perrier, stir gently and then garnish with a lime wedge.

** Note: True, this is the second Mojito recipe we’ve posted this month, but both are good enough to be shared here!  We’ll be finishing up the month with a number of GINtender originals so be sure to check this week and next for some truly delicious, interesting drinks.**

Bison Aphrodisiac

Simple, Sexy...everything an aphrodisiac should be

Simple, Sexy…everything an aphrodisiac should be



1.5 oz Bison Grass Vodka
.75 oz lemon juice
.75 oz simple syrup
1 strawberry



Muddle strawberry in bottom of mixing glass.  Add all ingredients and ice to mixing glass (Boston Shaker best in this case).  Shake vigorously.  Pour into chilled martini glass and top with Prosecco or other light bodied “off dry” sparkling wine.  Garnish with rose petal or strawberry.

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