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In my neck of the woods in western Canada, wild huckleberry bushes are plentiful and ripe for the picking right now for those willing to hike into the bush to gather the berries. Huckleberries are deep purple in color and packed with sweet and tart flavors that are bursting with flavor. They taste wonderful eaten fresh with a splash of cream, tossed into pancake or muffin batter, mashed into a jam, used as a topping on a luscious dessert or blended into a tasty drink like this Huckleberry Vodka Slush. This is a cool and refreshing treat just for the grown ups to enjoy, but of course, you can turn this into a kid-friendly mocktail by eliminating the alcohol.
Using the Zoku Shake And Slush Maker, a couple cups of fresh berries, a little bit of sugar and a splash of water and vodka, I made this frozen Huckleberry Vodka Slush that was ready to eat in just 15 minutes. The Zoku Slush And Shake Maker cups are awesome for making personal-sized frozen drinks from your favorite blends of juice, fruit and beverages. The cups instantly freeze any liquid into a frozen slush in only 10 minutes. Drinks with alcohol require an addition few minutes freezing time. Not only are Zoku Slush And Shake Makers fun for the whole family, they are great for entertaining too!
To make huckleberry vodka slush, place 2 cups of huckleberries, 1/3 cup of fine granulated white sugar and 1/2 cup of water in a blender. Blend on high for 2 minutes until the berries turn into a smooth puree. Divide the mixture evenly between two Zoku Slush & Shake Makers that have been in the freezer for at least 12 hours. Instantly begin scraping the sides of the cups with the plastic Zoku spoons because the liquid will start to freeze immediately. Scrape and stir the huckleberry mixture for about 10 minutes, or until it has turned into an icy slush.
Add 1.5 ounces vodka to the cup and continue stirring for another 3 to 5 minutes until the mixture thickens up again. Sit back and relax and dig in to your huckleberry vodka slushie drink for a refreshing and well-deserved treat. Skip the alcohol to make this huckleberry slushie kid-friendly.
- 2 cups fresh huckleberries
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 3 ounces vodka
- Place huckleberries, sugar and water in a blender. Blend on high for 2 minutes until the mixture is pureed.
- Pour the mixture into two frozen Zoku Slush And Shake Makers. Scrape the sides of the cup, stirring the frozen bits back into the center of the mixture, for 10 minutes or until the mixture forms an icy slush.
- Add 1.5 ounces of vodka to each cup and continue stirring for another few minutes until the mixture thickens up again.
- Dig in and enjoy!
If you don't own a Zoku Slush & Shake Maker, you can make this slush in your blender using frozen huckleberries instead. Just toss the frozen berries, sugar, water and vodka into a blender and blend on low until the mixture forms an icy puree. Pour into a cup and enjoy!