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If you look up the “Harvest Moon” cocktail you’ll see about 40 to 70 different recipes for it. You’ll find that this is often the case for any cocktail that might be named after a song from the 70′s. Try looking up various Fleetwood Mac titled cocktails and find that every single song on “Rumors” has a cocktail, or eight, named for each track. Despite this overwhelming love for making harvest moon themed cocktails. ours is a quite simple showcase of harvest flavors unlike the rest of the pack. It will showcase applejack, bonded applejack and, of course, orgeat lime juice and Angostura bitters. This is the same formula as a classic Tiki recipe called the Barbancourt rum cup. And it works so well I basically would call for the “spirit, orgeat, lime juice and a dash of Angostura” to be a cocktail template. I have already used this in a template for one of my “originals” called a “Signal to Noise.” I hope today’s Cocktail Advent Calendar recipe has given you a new drink family, might as well call it the “Harvest Moon” drink family.
- 1.5 oz applejack
- .5 oz orgeat
- .25 oz lime juice
- 1 dash Angostura
It could, quite possibly, be one of the worst day’s of the year today. Simply because it is the Monday before Christmas, and everyone will be building up to the *big day* by yelling at each other and generally being snot faces, and there’s no legitimate way to take Friday off of work. It’s going to be a long shitty week. Today’s sad song to go with that is, “I’d like you for Christmas” by Julie London. It’s not a particularly sad song but it is a song that’s incredibly slow and longing and goes on a while – like this day probably will – but fear not! Hopefully you get a three day weekend coming up soon.
Today’s Cocktail Advent Calendar is a victory lap for new Rob Roy bartender Zach. I heard He and Anu did 100 Spanish Coffees last Sunday, and that zach was making them 3 at time. This is not some Paul Bunyan story either, it was truth. Good work, devil dog. So this week Zach gets to be mellow and make a simple sour and Anu can catch up on paperwork/ old episodes of 30 Rock.
The Applejack Rabbit is today’s cocktail. Did you think that maple syrup is some new trendy ingredient? No, detail obsessed David Embury beat everyone to it like 50 years ago. Bourbon is fine and dandy but whiskey was born in Ireland, rum is from the America’s but less from America but applejack is the real deal american mongrel spirit. Applejack is America’s bastard brandy. Read more on it here. But please understand we’ll be using a beautiful bottle of bonded applejack, not the colonial swill. The Applejack Rabbit is only as good as you want to make it, use good applejack and use real maple syrup (which costs much more than actual alcohol).
The Applejack Rabbit
- 1 .5 oz applejack
- .25 oz fresh orange juice
- .25 oz fresh lemon juice
- .25 ounce maple syrup
I better not hear about anyone doing maple syrup shots at the bar.