Local Flavor

eer may reign supreme as the beverage of Wisconsin, but it’s hardly the only option in the Badger State.

Case in point: the Door County Cherry Drop at Harvest.

Proprietor Tami Lax developed the drink to feature Death’s Door vodka and cherry juice, both of which hail from Door County.

A Wisconsin native who’s spent a lot of time cherry picking in Door County, Lax was excited about highlighting the regional fruit. “When you think of cherry, you automatically think of something sweet and delicious,” she says.

However, the Cherry Drop isn’t sugary. Rather, it’s a nice balance of sweet and tart with a full cherry flavor. And the addition of lemon juice keeps the overall feel light and bright.

While locals enjoy sipping the chilly drink, it’s also a popular choice to serve to out-of-towners to give them a feel for the tastes of Wisconsin.

“This is a cocktail that really encompasses the state,” Lax says. “We actually have a lot of sophistication.”

RECIPE: Door County Cherry Drop1 1/2 oz Death’s Door vodka 1 oz Door County tart cherry juice1/2 oz fresh lemon juice 1/2 oz simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water)

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Pour into a martini glass and garnish with a stemmed cherry or lemon zest.

Recipe courtesy of Harvest, 21 N. Pinckney St., 255-6075, harvest-restaurant.com.

Katie Vaughn is associate editor of Madison Magazine.