3. Wallingford Dram – Kittery, Maine
The drink program of this tiny bar gets its inspiration—and foraged ingredients—from the Maine woods. “We want to take the landscape around us and reflect it in the drinks,” says owner Michael Jack Pazdon. It works. The most popular drink is the Dame Shrub, which incorporates gin and Maine hemlock (the evergreen, not the poison). This year, Pazdon plans to forage more “seaweed and intertidal things,” like dulse and glass-wort. “I grew up here, hanging out with the old-timers by the docks, walking in the woods, figuring out what you can eat and can’t,” says Pazdon. “To bring all that full circle, and make a place that my neighbors can be proud of, well, that’s pretty heartwarming.”
PRO TIP: Put your name in at one of the local restaurants, like the Wallingford Dram’s sister spot, Anju Noodle Bar, before grabbing a cocktail. Kittery’s little restaurants fill up quickly in season.
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