beautiful and Big Sky delivers. It delivers spring skiing full of big
challenges, big views and big fun. I’ve also noticed a plethora of
huckleberries. There are huckleberry products sold everywhere. I’ve learned
that’s because Montana is the best location in the nation for huckleberry
picking. By July, the picturesque mountain ranges are crawling with them and
the bears like it that way.
To start off my
trip, I had to go with two Big Sky traditions. First was going to Bucks T-4, a
restaurant and Big Sky legend for over 50 years. It started as a hunting camp
in 1946, and is now a lodge and restaurant/bar with a friendly staff. One such
friendly staff member made me the other Big Sky tradition — a HUCKLEBERRY
MARTINI. To make it, she put huckleberry vodka and candied orange syrup into a shaker
and added ice. She then gave it some shakes and strained it into a chilled
martini glass. She finished it off by floating about five huckleberries in the bottom.
MARTINI was a pretty, purple-colored cocktail with a pretty strong wallop. It
was mostly vodka, yet the huckleberry flavor was unique enough to distract me
and it went down nicely. Huckleberries taste similar to blueberries, but their
flavor is more subtle and less “blue” They are deliciously distinctive and are
probably good even when they aren’t swimming in vodka. Just probably.