Who’s thirsty for a Pelvic Floor Rickey?


Ripple bartender Josh Berner's Pelvic Floor Rickey. (Alex Baldinger)

Peruse the list of rickeys being prepared by area bartenders and you can’t miss it, between the Plum Rickey at Rasika and the Finger Lime Rickey at Room 11. An asterisk catches the eye and denotes that a portion of the proceeds from each Pelvic Floor Rickey will benefit women with pelvic floor prolapse. Look it up, if necessary.

Thirsty yet?

Berner got the idea for the drink when his girlfriend’s cousin was diagnosed with the condition, one that affects half of all women over the age of 50, according to the Association for Pelvic Organ Prolapse Support. The organization will receive a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the $12 drink.

“It’s kind of painful, and she’s going to have to have surgery,” Berner said. “She e-mailed and said, ‘I would really like to be able to go to a bar and say, I would like a pelvic floor.’ Hence the name of the drink.” After asking for her preferred ingredients, it just so happened that the cocktail’s creation coincided with Rickey Month.

So what’s in a Pelvic Floor Rickey? Berner infuses Hendricks gin with chamomile and ginger teas before sweetening it with honey and adding Dolin Blanc vermouth, fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice and a house-made tarragon mint seltzer. The result is an herbal take on Washington’s native cocktail.

“It definitely gets some funny looks from the name, but it sold really, really well over the weekend,” Berner said. “I’ve gotten several nice calls and e-mails from her. Other people I’ve talked to have heard about this condition and have been really supportive of it, too, because it’s not a thing that people know about, but it affects so many women.”

Alex Baldinger is editor of the Going Out Guide blog, which covers food, drink, arts, music, events and other curiosities in the D.C. area. He is forever in search of a great sandwich.

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