According to The Farmers Almanac, the Hunter’s Moon will reach peak illumination at 10:57 A.M. Eastern Time on Wednesday, October 20, 2021.

It will be below the horizon at this time, so we’ll have to wait until sunset to watch it take its place in the sky. Like September’s Harvest Moon, the Hunter’s Moon rises around the same time for several nights in a row, so start looking for it on Tuesday, October 19!

As the Moon drifts over the horizon around sunset, it may appear larger and more orange—how perfect for the fall season! But don’t be fooled by the “Moon Illusion,” which makes the Moon appear bigger than it really is.


As for the drink, it is a lovely sour – for people who don’t like sours. The beer smooths out the lemon and it goes down warmly. The ginger just adds a pinch of freshness. I chose a Kronenburg 1664 Wheat, to go with the Canadian Club 100% Rye.

Caution – don’t enjoy too many of these rather strong drinks, or you may find yourself howling at the moon along with the other hunters.


What you need

1.5 oz Rye whiskey
3/4 oz Ginger Syrup
1/2 oz Lemon Juice (fresh)
1 oz Wheat beer

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.

Top with beer
Garnish and serve.

Garnish: Lemon Wedge
Serve: Sour or coupe
Style: Sour
Taste: Strong, sweet/sour

Ginger syrup

In a small saucepan, heat 1/2 cup sugar and 3/4 cup water.

Stir until sugar is dissolved.

Add 1/2 cup fresh ginger slices, and bring to a gentle boil.

Reduce heat and simmer gently for 15 minutes.

Let cool and steep for up to 1 hour.

Strain liquid into container.

Seal tightly and refrigerate.

Store for up to 1 month.

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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