Juniper Harvest

Bartenders apply to participate in the physically demanding job of juniper harvest on Washington Island, one of three botanicals in Death's Door gin. 

Juniper, an essential ingredient in gin, grows all over Washington Island (and on curbs and untended rock wall gardens, too). It's not fun to harvest, but it's important, so Death's Door Distillery calls in some help and turns the work into a party. 

This month, 56 bartenders from all over the country and beyond will head north to Door County to harvest as much juniper as they can for Death's Door gin. Meredith Ebeling joins Lindsay Christians on the podcast this week to talk about how they get to the island, what harvesting juniper feels like (it's prickly) and how the Middleton-based distillery turns a harvest into a game. 

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Since 2008, Lindsay Christians has been writing about fine arts and food for The Capital Times. She loves eating at the bar, going to the theater, fine wine and good stories. She lives on the east side with her husband, two cats and too many cookbooks.