Drink: S.D. Strong LemonDrop
From: Rusty Horse Tavern
Price: $5 (on special during happy hour)
Rusty Horse has the best happy hour in the Northland, hands down. Monday through Friday 2-6 p.m. you can get $2 wells and their greatest deal: The Horse Thief Special (two sliders, fries, and a beer). But if you’re not feeling the beer or well drinks, you should try their martini. It’s made with local S.D. Strong vodka (made in Parkville) and is perfect for the upcoming warm months.
The drink: smooth, not bitter, not sugary-sweet – more like a tangy lemonade than a vodka cocktail.
The LemonDrop is mixed and cooled well, like a strong and light hard lemonade, but with the added bonus of locally distilled vodka served in a martini glass lightly sugar coated with a fresh lemon slice.