We entered the New Moon on August 27th, and so it is time to collect the ingredients to introduce the Harvest Moon Cocktail! The upcoming full moon occurs on September 10th. Hopefully this gives interested mixologists enough time to collect the ingredients.
Harvest Moon Cocktail
- Punch bowl OR Pitcher
- Serving glasses
- Serving spoon / ladle
- Storage container for soaking apple juice with spices & cubed apples
- Measuring cup OR Jigger
- Cocktail pick
- 2 parts Hendrick's Lunar Gin
- 4 parts Apple Juice
- ½ part Honey simple syrup
- ½ part Lemon juice
- 1 stick Cinnamon for every 16 parts of apple juice
- 10 whole Cloves for every 16 parts of apple juice
- ¼ tsp Nutmeg for every 16 parts of apple juice
- 1-2 Apple varieties cube one half of each apple & leave one slice of each for garnish
- Soak apple juice, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and apple cubes in container for at least a couple hours (overnight is best)
- Add ice, apple juice mixture, gin, lemon juice & honey syrup to pitcher or punch bowl
- Stir well
- Drizzle inside of glasses with honey then serve into glass
- Garnish with apple slice(s)
Harvest moons seem to hold this magical spell, don’t they? There’s just something to me about when they roll around that it really feels like Autumn is here, even though it’s not technically for another ten days.
My inspiration for this cocktail was (obviously) all the fall flavors, but most especially Apple. I love nearly everything apple flavored, so this was the direction I decided to take quite early on. I also wanted to try my hand at making a large batch cocktail and creating one for the Harvest Moon felt like the perfect time. Can’t you just imagine sipping on this honied elixir under the moon around a bonfire with fellow selenophiles?
Honey for the Harvest Moon?
I’m not a huge caramel fan. Even though there are so many who throw out caramel as the first sweet flavor to pair with apple, I wanted something different. You may recall my passion for honey in the Honey Moon Cocktail and Sips & Spirits’ Pukwudgie Cocktail. I’m a bit of a fan. When thinking of what might compliment the apple and spice flavors, I decided to give it a shot. I think it’s a very fun and unique pairing that brings a different yet familiar flavor.
Will you be giving the harvest moon cocktail a try? Be sure to tell me what your thoughts on it!