Photo Credit: Susie Cushner, Recipe: Susan Branch – Country Living
This weekend ( or Monday night, if you want to be official) is the perfect time for a great Harvest Moon cocktail! On September 12th we will be able to see a Full Harvest Moon. Traditionally, this designation goes to the full moon that occurs closest to the Autumnal (fall) Equinox. The Harvest Moon usually comes in September and at the peak of the harvest, farmers can work into the night by the light of this moon. Usually the full moon rises an average of 50 minutes later each night, but for the few nights around the Harvest Moon, the moon seems to rise at nearly the same time each night: just 25 to 30 minutes later across the U.S., and only 10 to 20 minutes later for much of Canada and Europe. As you sip your cocktail you can just picture farmers harvesting their crops of corn, pumpkins, squash, beans, and wild rice .
Recipe: makes 2 drinks
- Combine 1/4 cup apricot brandy with 1/2 cup each of sweet-and-sour prepared mix and seltzer water, and 4 teaspoons of pomegranate juice.
- Dampen the rims of 2 martini glasses with a lemon wedge and dip them into colored cocktail sugar.
- Place the first three ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker, mix vigorously, and pour into the prepared glasses.
- Pour 2 teaspoons of pomegranate juice into each glass; do not stir.