Here's a refreshingly sweet and tart Wild Huckleberry Mint Mohito Mocktail for kids and adults alike! It's great with blueberries, too.
This refreshingly sweet and tart sparkling wild Huckleberry Mint Mohito mocktail is delicately flavoured with mint and lime.
Here's a non-alcoholic drink that's a little sweet, a little tart, bursting with colour, and totally refreshing. If you don't have huckleberries, blueberries make an ideal substitute. (And if you're seeking a cocktail, just add an ounce of white rum.)
Mint adds a delicate flavour
If you grow herbs, you probably grow mint! It's the easiest one to grow, and once you have it, you'll always have it. It's best grown in a pot, as it is a voracious spreader and will take over your garden, if not kept in check.
I often use mint in my recipes, sometimes as the featured ingredient, as in this Thai-inspired Cucumber Mint Salad or this Organic Ginger Mint Cooler, and often as an essential garnish, as in these Stuffed Dates with Walnuts and Mint. Today it found its way into this Wild Huckleberry Mint Mohito Mocktail.
Wild Berry-Picking with Kids
I made this wild huckleberry mocktail after Denis discovered a hidden huckleberry bush down by the creek in our back yard. It was loaded with ripe, plump berries, obviously benefiting from growing near a water source. Our little grandson filled his bucket (and his mouth) as he helped us harvest these wild berries. There's something so satisfying to me about harvesting wild foods and he obviously enjoyed it, too.
As we were picking, it struck me how important it is to teach our children about wild foods. This little guy is not yet four, and yet his parents have already taught him to identify many wild plants.
Under his parents' watchful eyes, he munches on wild blackberries and salmonberries, snacks on sea asparagus from the beach and last week on a family camping trip on a remote island, he ate freshly harvested oysters cooked over an open fire. He is learning valuable lessons that will stay with him throughout his life.
Do you forage for wild foods with your kids? If you haven't done so, yet, here are 5 reasons you should teach your kids to forage, with the hope that you'll do so soon.
5 Reasons You Should Teach Your Kids to Forage
1. Foraging builds knowledge and respect for the environment. Learning to find and identify wild foods gives kids a sense of empowerment. Teaching them which ones are safe to eat and which are not shows them a healthy respect for the earth. Learning about plants and their importance in our lives can begin as soon as your child can walk along a trail through the woods.
2. Foraging is a healthy, outdoor activity that can help kids form a connection with nature. It teaches children to look closely at plants and animals and to notice things in their environment they may not have seen. Foraged foods can add variety and different nutrients to your children's diet and help them discover new flavours. If you're a gardener, you'll know the deep satisfaction that results from growing your own food. Just like gardening, when you forage your own foods, you know where they came from and how they've been handled. No packaging is required and there is no waste to end up in the garbage or recycling bin.
3. Foraging encourages frugality. Wild foods are free foods. Showing kids that you value foods that you find yourself counteracts the attitude that if you don't pay for something, it's worthless. Kids will rarely waste food they've picked themselves.
4. Foraging helps develop patience and an awareness of how important it is to eat sustainably. It takes a long time to fill a bucket with tiny berries! Teaching kids to leave some berries on the vines and some mushrooms in the forest so the plant can reproduce is an important early lesson in sustainability.
5. It's fun. What child doesn't love an Easter egg hunt? Taking them into the forest to look for wild foods is just as exciting as a scavenger hunt planned by Mom or Dad. You'll hear squeals of delight when they discover wild blackberries, huckleberries or tiny wild strawberries.
No huckleberries? No worries. This mocktail is delicious with blueberries, too. Enjoy!
Wild Huckleberry Mint Mohito Mocktail (or Cocktail)
- ½ cup fresh huckleberries plus more for garnish or blueberries
- ¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
- 2 tbsp sugar (or less according to sweetness of berries)
- 8 - 10 leaves fresh mint
- 1 cup ice
- ½ cup sparkling water
- Put berries, lime juice and sugar in a blender and process until smooth.
- Add mint leaves and muddle slightly, just until the leaves are lightly bruised.
- Fill glass half full with ice.
- Add the berry mixture.
- Top with sparkling water, a sprig of mint and some fresh berries. Stir and serve.
Looking for more tasty Mocktail ideas? Try these:
- Sugar-Free Grapefruit Ginger Mocktail
- Organic Ginger Mint Cooler
- Simple Pineapple Ginger Kombucha Cocktail
- Rhubarb Mint Mohito
Kitchen Items I recommend to make this Wild Huckleberry Mint Mohito Cocktail
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