Taylor Nissen, Shore Lodge’s sommelier and beverage program assistant manager, suggests using fresh huckleberries macerated in a little sugar when making the hotel’s famed Huckletini. “This tends to ripen the berries and juice them a bit, perfect for making drinks. When it gets a little warmer, you can find them all around Payette Lake [in McCall, Idaho]. Everyone has their little spots. Ponderosa Park is great for this, too,” says Nissen.

INGREDIENTS  
—2 oz. 44 North Huckleberry Vodka 
—½ oz. Cointreau 
—1 teaspoon huckleberry juice  
—1 teaspoon huckleberries 
—¼ oz. lime juice 
—dash of simple syrup

INSTRUCTIONS  
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine vodka, Cointreau, huckleberries and lime juice. Cover and shake vigorously for 15 seconds. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a lime wheel and a scoop of huckleberries.

Just because the holidays are over doesn’t mean you can’t have a little holiday-inspired cheer (and by “cheer,” we mean alcohol). Try this super-easy, super-tasty drink recipe from The Benson Hotel.

DIRECTIONS:
Fill a glass or copper
mug with ice.

ADD:
—1.5 ounces vodka
—2 ounces cranberry juice
—juice of half of a lime
—fill/top with ginger beer

 

Taylor Nissen, Shore Lodge’s sommelier and beverage program assistant manager, suggests using fresh huckleberries macerated in a little sugar when making the hotel’s famed Huckletini. “This tends to ripen the berries and juice them a bit, perfect for making drinks. When it gets a little warmer, you can find them all around Payette Lake [in McCall, Idaho]. Everyone has their little spots. Ponderosa Park is great for this, too,” says Nissen. shorelodge.com