I'm Jenn, the blogger behind Near and Far Montana (
When I linked up with Jacque for a Montana cocktail, I realized how little I knew about the cocktail scene out here.
I've been in Montana for just over two and a half years and have been noticing a love of Moscow Mules, of all kinds. After a friends wedding not too long ago, where we bought our copper mugs, we found ourselves at a bar that had what they called Pack Mules. Truth be told, it was my first mule, and I've never looked back.
And if you ever go looking for a Montana gift for someone, you'll likely end up with something involving huckleberries. No kidding, the Made in Montana store has huckleberry jam, taffy, candy sticks, tea, coffee, bark, anything you can think of.
After a failed experiment with the Montana Tornado, which is basically a Long Island Iced Tea with whisky (and really, Montana isn't known for tornados my friend pointed out), I decided to merge the two things I had noticed as popular around the state, and made myself a
Like most things in Montana, it's a no-fuss, no frills recipe, though it can be fancies up with actual huckleberries if you can find them. I have yet to find myself with a bag of huckleberries, but it's my new mission.
It's only slightly more complicated than the Montana way of cracking a beer, but it's worth it.
What you'll need:
A copper mug
Huckleberry vodka, I used 360 vodka, but will probably try a different brand next time
Huckleberries if you've got them
Fresh ginger optional
What you do:
You can do it two way, the super easy way, or the way with an extra step.
I pour 4 ounces of vodka into my mug, add four or five ounces of ginger beer, squeeze in some fresh lime juice and add another lime wedge for fun.
Boyfriend muddled his limes and some fresh ginger then added the vodka and ginger beer.
They taste about the same, but the fresh ginger helped cut some of the sweetness of the huckleberry vodka, but I don't love the pulp in my cocktail I did add extra lime juice since the vodka was sweeter than I expected.
Add ice and drink up!
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