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Whether you’re drinking them in Door County or in your own backyard, these cocktails are designed to capture the essence or feeling of favorite things to do and experience in the area. From the crashing waves of Cave Point to a celebration of the cherry harvest, these drinks are perfect caps to perfect summer days.
Using local brands and ingredients can make these drinks feel even more special. Check out these local distilleries and food shops for inspiration. And don’t forget that if you’re more of a beer or wine drinker, Door County has plenty of local options for those as well.
August and September in Door County are cherry-harvest time, which means everywhere you look you’ll find cherry-flavored food, from restaurant menus to drink lists to farmers markets and specialty food shops. Get a big, bold taste of the cherry-mania with this ruby-colored drink.
After a hot day on the links, there’s nothing like the timeless combination of lemonade and iced tea to cool down, made even more refreshing and restoring with vodka. The drink is playfully named for the professional golfer, John Daly, who was known to enjoy a cocktail or two both on and off the course.
Without the vodka, this drink is just as refreshing and also named for a golfer—Arnold Palmer—who was known less for his imbibing and more for his cheery disposition.
Sipping a drink beside a campfire is one of life’s simple pleasures, and this subtle but delightful upgrade makes it even better. With flavors of cherry and maple, this spicy-sweet bourbon drink is perfect for enjoying while camping or any time outdoors.
Inspired by the crashing, splashing waves of Cave Point, this Great Lakes-inspired drink features a combination of highly refreshing ingredients, perfect for post-adventure or just post-dinner.
The beauty of the Lake Spray is that it’s a drink nearly every cocktail-appreciating adult has tried in some form. With just vodka and lemon-lime soda at its base, it’s just about as simple as a no-frills cocktail gets. (Gin would be a good substitute for vodka, if you’re trying to capture the smell of the pine trees as well!) Add fresh cucumber and lime slices to it, and you’ve got the perfect please-all summer drink.
No list of Wisconsin-based cocktails is complete without the Old-Fashioned: a simple blend of brandy, bitters, soda, orange, and cherry. There are endless variations and substitutions to this widely loved drink, but it’s hard to beat the original, served in a highball glass with muddled maraschino cherries and orange slices.
Lightly mix and finish with your choice of garnish—maraschino cherries, brandied cherries, orange slice, orange peel or twist, olives, or anything else you have on hand.
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