We're after the same rainbow's end,
Waitin' round the bend,
My huckleberry friend, Moon River, and me
Let that song play through as you read...
...I'm perfecting a new cocktail I named for the lowly huckleberry. Huckleberries are indigenous to the Pacific Northwest. I first tasted them in a sauce at Chez Pannise about 20 years ago. Unique flavor.
The closest cocktail prior art is a recipe for a Huckleberry Hound. The Huckleberry Hound calls for generous quantities of huckleberry syrup, limeade, and vodka. BTW, those are the three basic things for a good cocktail: Sweet, sour, and booze. I have so many recipes for drinks based around this or that liqueur plus citrus and of course vodka or gin.
But I wanted to make a proper cocktail...something Audrey Hepburn would drink...a little piece of the hinterland in the smart set's glass. Sure, there's always 44o North, but I like a challenge.
So I got my hands on some good quality huckleberry syrup:
The stuff is available through Amazon (please use Lem's portal). Torani also makes a huckleberry syrup which I tried.
The first attempt recipe was:
1 part huckleberry syrup
1 part freshly squeezed lime juice
4 parts Finlandia vodka*
Mix with ice in a shaker and shake shake shake. Pour into a favorite chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lime twist: Viola:
What a gorgeous color!
Now, my designated taster said, "Why not try gin instead of vodka?" to which I replied "Huckleberry Gin!"
*Any vodka will do but I chose Finlandia because Finlandia/Finn -- get it?