* 1.5 oz Wild Turkey Rye (sub Rittenhouse rye)
* 1 oz Lillet Blanc (sub Cocchi Americano)
* 0.5 oz Laird’s Bonded Apple Brandy
* 0.25 oz Green Chartreuse
* 3 dashes Abbott’s bitters or Angostura bitters
Stirred on ice, strained, garnished with orange twist
This modern cocktail is published in The PDT Cocktail Book and credited to Daniel Eun in the winter of 2007. It is described as looking like the sky during as the reddish-orange harvest moon rises after sunset. It is a very fitting drink for the fall being strong, complex, and fruity.
There actually is another Harvest Moon cocktail, from the 1934 edition of Esquire as one of the “top 10” most popular cocktails. Though its original recipe never seems to have been recorded, it was rediscovered by Robert Hess here who came up with a recipe from its description of it being an “applejack sour with orgeat”. I have not yet tasted this cocktail, but will certainly have to in the near future.