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Huckleberries and Lemonade??
Huckleberry Lemonade Concentrate is a wonderful product made from the juice of fresh-squeezed wild mountain huckleberries of northern Idaho and western Montana.
Gem Berry Products, the makers of the most popular Huckleberry Lemonade Concentrate, reside in Sandpoint, Idaho -- very close to where most huckleberries grow wild. Gem Berry has developed a wonderful combination of these wild picked huckleberries and lemons to create this wonderful drink mix!
Great for entertaining, party drinks, or just enjoying by yourself!
Huckleberry Lemonade Concentrate
Handmade in small batches, in combination with 100% pure lemon juice and sweeteners, this rich liquid acts as a refreshing beverage, when mixed with two or three parts water to one part concentrate. Also the beverage is very popular during the holidays for parties as either a mixer for adult beverages, or as a punch when mixed with sherbet or vanilla ice cream, and sparkling cider.
This specialty beverage offers a great presentation for gift giving. Packaged in a wine-shaped, 12-ounce bottle, with an attractive hang tag, the huckleberry lemonade also exhibits label graphics which features rich, purple berries and a bright yellow lemon hanging off of a green berry bush.
What is so special about wild huckleberries?
Nearly all huckleberries are grown in the wild. Although the University of Idaho has grown wild huckleberries from seeds collected and harvested from the wild, the bushes are not easy to grow and take many years to produce fruit.
Processed huckleberry products, like Huckleberry Lemonade Concentrate, is made from huckleberries picked in the wild mountains, mostly in the Rocky Mountains around Idaho and Montana (although other varieties of huckleberries are grown elsewhere).
Huckleberries, unlike other berries, are very small and seemingly grown on steep hill sides where they are difficult to reach! And, if that is not enough, bears love them as well! If you know of folks who pick them, you have probably heard a few stories about bears in the bushes, beating the pickers of their anticipated booty!!
Closely related to the blueberry, huckleberry tastes a bit like a cross between raspberries and blueberries -- with loads of flavor which make it great for mixing with other fruit like lemons!
Have you ever had huckleberries in your lemonade
What Can I Make with Huckleberry Lemonade?
Our favorite recipes!
The standard recipe for reconstituting Huckleberry Lemonade Concentrate is to mix 2:1 or even 3:1 with water or soda, pour over ice and serve. But there is so much more you can do with Huckleberry Lemonade Concentrate.
Use 1 bottle of lemonade concentrate with 1 gallon of cider, 2 cinnamon sticks and four cloves. Heat for about twenty minutes and serve.
Huckleberry Vodka Lemonade
2 oz. Vodka
4 oz. Huckleberry Lemonade
2 oz. Lemon Seltzer (optional)
Mix and garnish with lemon wedge
(Adapted from http://snacksipandsavor.com/2011/07/23/huckleberry...
Use 1 bottle of lemonade concentrate in 1 gallon of champagne for a great tasting special occassion alcoholic punch.
Huckleberry Lemonade Contentrate Featured in People Magazine
Gem Berry's Huckleberry Lemonade Concentrate is featured in the “Entertaining Special” holiday issue of “People” magazine, on newsstands now through Christmas, 2013.
Harry Menser, 82, and co-owner of Gem Berry, announces that their eight-year-old “Huckleberry Lemonade Concentrate” was selected as the sole Idaho representative for “People” magazine’s “Food Gifts from Every State” feature article, on page 70.
The huckleberry lemonade was the last recipe - in a long line - designed by Elizabeth O’Brien before her passing in 2004. Elizabeth and her husband Jack, were also founding owners of Gem Berry, in partnership with Menser and his late wife, Betty. Harry is the sole remaining member of the original foursome.
Read the article in the Spokesman Review: Huckleberry Treat from Idaho Listed in People Magazine
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Where Can I Purchase a Bottle on Huckleberry Lemonade Concentrate?
You can find Huckleberry Lemonade Concentrate on the Gem Berry website!