André was invited to go on Death's Door Spirits juniper harvest on Washington Island. An annual event, the company based in Madison, WI, gathers beverage industry folks for a weekend of scavenger hunts, fish boils, pig roasts, and berry picking at the tip of stunning Door County.
The centerpiece of the getaway, the harvest, takes place at Greengate Farm, located along the rocky north shores of the island. It's a remote and stunning property, operated by George and Susan Ulm. George is an avid HAM radio operator, with a massive collection of radios and memorabilia stored in his 'ham house.'
This zesty cocktail is inspired by a bright and tranquil morning picking juniper berries, walking the shoreline, and, later, plucking heirloom apples from Susan's trees.
To Susan and George -- and our friends at Death's Door!
2 ounces Death's Door Gin
1 ounce juiced Granny Smith apple (or another suitably tart variety)
1/2 ounce lime juice
1 barspoon (1 teaspoon) vanilla-coriander syrup
lemon twist, for garnish
Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
For the vanilla-coriander syrup: heat 1 cup sugar in 1 cup of water, and stir until dissolved. While still hot, add vanilla bean and 1 shy Tablespoon toasted and smashed coriander seeds. Let sit for on the counter as the mixture cools, strain, and then refrigerate. Lasts up to 2 weeks.