The wild huckleberry only grows in a few regions in the Pacific Northwest part of America. Small and deep-purple, it's tart yet sweet, full of the fragrance of mountain meadows and wild roses. We've brought together a traditional cocktail with the flavors of alpine meadows in the Wild Huckleberry Tom Collins. Cool, refreshing, bright and classy.
Black Pearls of Gold-
My family has lived in Huckleberry Country since the 1860's when our ancestors came in Washington and Oregon across the Oregon Trail. Each year in late Summer is the annual wild huckleberry season. Folks head to the high mountains and alpine meadows to pick this little, dark purple nuggets we call Black Pearls of Gold. See our piece about the wild huckleberry, Ischit-Wiwnu, The Path of the Huckleberry.
Huckleberries in the Kitchen-
Huckleberries usually are found in sweets like pies, pastry and ice creams. But we also make huckleberries in a savory compote for the holiday turkey, and in this case a cocktail.
The huckleberry is delicious in all sorts of dishes and recipes. Our huckleberry recipes span from a Huckleberry-Cranberry Compote for the Thanksgiving Turkey, to a Wild Huckleberry Bundt Cake and two kinds of pies. The traditional Huckleberry Pie is the first thing we make each season, and the Cast-Iron Skillet Huckleberry Cobbler is always an annual recipe on the list.
A Classic Cocktail and a Wild Huckleberry-
The Tom Collins was created back in 1876 by Mr. Jerry Thomas, a bartender in Sackets Harbor New York. It's a refreshing, bright concoction of gin, lemon juice, and carbonated water.
There are many different variations of the Collins, some use lime juice, others substitute vodka or bourbon for the gin. It's like a sparkling lemonade with just a hint of booze. The Tom Collins is never mixed with too much booze. The flavor of the cocktail is the perfect partner to the aroma of roses and the tart, yet sweet of the huckleberry. Refreshing without the kick of a mule.
The collins must be bracingly cold, poured over crushed ice or small cubes, and we add some huckleberry juice to give the cocktail a rose color. The Tom Collins is usually served in a tall, thin Collins Glass, but the smaller tumbler also shows off the drink. Garnish with a minty sprig, some berries and a twist of lemon and Salut!
Wild Huckleberry-Lemon Tom Collins Sparkler
The wild huckleberry only grows in a few regions in the Pacific Northwest part of America. Small and deep-purple, it's tart yet sweet, full of the fragrance of mountain meadows and wild roses. We've brought together a traditional cocktail with the flavors of alpine meadows. This is the Wild Huckleberry-Lemon Tom Collins Sparkler is cool, refreshing and bright.
fresh lemon juice
substitute lemon soda
- fresh mint leaves
- lemon twist
Add the gin, lemon juice, huckleberry juice and club soda to a tall Tom Collins glass. Stir in some huckleberries and fresh mint, then add small ice cubes. Garnish with huckleberries, lemon twist and a sprig of fresh mint.