We recently went on a road trip through the northwest and wound up in Whitefish, Montana. While there we enjoyed dinner at a great little restaurant right outside of town. It was one of those trips where I drank a lot of beer and not a lot of water, so I needed a quencher. As a result, Instead of alcohol, I ordered a huckleberry cream soda, which I’ve never had before. One sip in, I knew I had to find some of my own and make a cocktail out of it, and the Huckleberry Delight was born!
It was a great little vacation, and I’d be telling white lies if a majority of the time I wasn’t saying “I’m your huckleberry” in my head anytime I heard anyone around me utter the word huckleberry. I said it a few times in my best Val Kilmer voice, and it fell on flat ears. Maybe Tombstone isn’t the classic American cinema I thought it was? Either way, if you find yourself driving through Montana on I-90 and see a sign for St Regis, stop at the Travel Center and treat yourself to a huckleberry milkshake.
How to Make a Huckleberry Delight
Ready for the most complicated cocktail ever? It’s a whopping 3 ingredients!
Pour one and a half ounces of vodka over ice. Squeeze in one tablespoon of lime juice. Pour in the huckleberry soda, and garnish with a lime wedge.
See how simple it is? Speaking of simple, the huckleberry soda I had was pretty sweet. If you happen to find a variety that lacks in sweetness, feel free to add a teaspoon or two of simple syrup.
This was the kind of road trip where the cars were rarely seen and the trucks were big and loud. With that in mind, the music recommendation for this is courtesy of everyone’s favorite red headed stranger. Mix yourself a Huckleberry Delight, get out your cowboy hat, and close your eyes. Let the story teller-philosopher voice of Willie Nelson – On The Road Again transport you to the vast beauty of big sky country.
If you enjoy it as much as I do, let me know!
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