A cocktail to celebrate the Harvest Moon, appropriately with the same name.

This is a delicious, apple influenced drink for autumn.

I adapted this recipe from Diffords, who had adapted it from an Esquire Magazine article listing the ten most popular cocktails of 1934.

The Farmer’s Almanac tells us “For several evenings, the moonrise comes soon after sunset. This results in an abundance of bright moonlight early in the evening, which was a traditional aide to farmers and crews harvesting their summer crops.

Hence, it’s called the “Harvest Moon”.



What you need

1 1/2 oz Calvados apple Brandy or Applejack
1/4 oz sugar syrup (2:1)

1/4 oz Orgeat (almond) syrup
1/2 oz Lime juice

What you do

Pre-chill the glass.
Fill a shaker glass with ice and add liquids.
Shake until well chilled.
Fine strain carefully into the serving glass. 

Garnish: Orange zest twist
Serve: Sour or coupe
Style: Sour
Taste: Strong, sweet, apple

Patrick (Paddy) Moore

Patrick (Paddy) Moore is the author of the series Quarantinis, Eh? featuring cocktails that commemorate the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020-2021.

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