Gallatin River Lodge Blog

Meet GRL Chef's Garden Manager, Brianna Dudek

The Gallatin River Lodge is excited to announce our new Chef’s Garden. Our garden focuses on herbs, edible flowers, and specialty vegetables and items that may be hard to find in our local market. Our goal is to provide the freshest possible ingredients, hand-picked only hours before service.  Our garden manager, Brianna Dudek, is a recent graduate from Montana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Food and Bioenergy Systems. 

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She is excited to bring her knowledge to the Gallatin River Lodge, and provide high quality culinary ingredients for our guests, so they can GRL Garden 01 smexperience much of what Montana has to offer. The Chef’s Garden is located only 50 feet away from the Main Lodge, so guests can enjoy a stroll amongst the beautiful organic vegetables, flowers, and herbs with the stunning Spanish Peaks as a back drop. It is the perfect place to take a leisurely walk with a handcrafted cocktail before dinner.

Huckleberry Elderflower Martini Recipe

Summertime is almost upon us here in Montana, which means 18-hour days, lots of sunshine, and plenty of outdoor recreation. With almost endless activities to enjoy, some of which include fly fishing (of course!), horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, white water rafting, hot air balloon rides, rock climbing, and paddleboarding, one can certainly take advantage of Montana's offerings. At the end of the Drink special blogday, we believe that everyone deserves some time to kick back, relax, and enjoy some great food, and a refreshment with friends and family. One of our most popular summertime beverages at GRL is the Huckleberry Elderflower Martini, a light and refreshing cocktail made with local huckleberry vodka, and either house-made huckleberry syrup, or locally picked huckleberries (late summer).

Ingredients:
Cold Springs Huckleberry Vodka comes from Bozeman Spirits, located in downtown Bozeman, Montana, using local water from the Gallatin Range.

Saint Germaine Liqueur is a liqueur made from the elderflower, a small and white starry flower that blooms in the spring and summer months. It is produced in an artisinal manner, where flowers are gathered from the French Alps and bicycled (yes, bicycled!) to a collection area where they are immediately macerated to preserve flavor. There are hints of peach, pear, and grapefruit. Saint Germaine bottles the taste of these warm floral and fruity notes, and has over 100 years of experience with this process.

Drink special 2 blog smHuckleberries are a sweet, tart wild berry that grows in moist mountain areas, and cannot be grown commerically. No chemicals are used, and the berries are hand-picked when ripe. Huckleberries are generally picked during the late summer, and into early fall in the higher elevations.

GRL Elderflower Huckleberry Martini
1.5 oz. Bozeman Cold Springs Huckleberry Vodka
1 oz. Saint Germaine Liqueur
Wedge fresh lemon
Splash huckleberry syrup or fresh huckleberries (if available)
garnish with a lemon twist or fresh lemon wedge

Enjoy!

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