By Sara Rice
My prediction: huckleberries will be next trendy superfood. There’ve been blueberries, cranberries, pomegranate, and acai in recent years, but although huckleberries are similar enough in look and taste to be mistaken for blueberries, …
Makes: Two cocktails
The earthy pine-iness of the gin blends effortlessly with the sweet and tart berries, invoking images of days so humid you can’t move. I can’t help but reference Twain in the drink’s name — kind of makes me want to find a river raft to float away on. Reduce the amount of simple syrup and use club soda instead of Sprite if you don’t like your drinks too sweet — it’ll be lighter with more nuanced flavors.
1 Cup huckleberries (fresh or frozen)
3 oz/2 jiggers gin (I like Tanqueray)
1/2 oz simple syrup
12 oz Sprite or club soda
- Add huckleberries and gin to a blender; blend until mostly smooth.
- Add simple syrup. Blend briefly.
- Place a mesh strainer (small, preferably — and I don’t mean the kind in a bartending toolkit) over a low-ball glass and pour half the gin mixture through it, removing the large chunks. Do the same for the second glass.
- Top with soda and add ice. Embrace the humidity.