Harvest Moon

The December 1934 edition of Esquire Magazine includes a list of the “Top 10” most popular cocktails. The list starts with an Old Fashioned, and ends with a Daiquiri. The rest of the drinks on the list are reasonably well known. One of them, The Harvest Moon, appears to be MIA for most bartenders. It is described as being a “applejack sour with orgeat”.


1 1/2 ounces applejack

1/2 oz lime juice

1/2 oz orgeat


Shake with ice.

Strain into a cocktail glass.


blair frodelius 13 Sep 2012
11:01 am


Love Applejack cocktails!  The inestimable “Jack Rose” being my favorite.  This one that you demonstrate almost appears to be a precursor to the tiki drinks that became popular in the late 1930’s on the West Coast.

As an aside, I highly recommend Laird’s Bottled-in-Bond Applejack.  It has tons of character that the regular version just can’t match.



steve7500 13 Sep 2012
11:47 am

Blair, thanks for the tip on the Lairds,I had no idea what to look for.

Michael S. 21 Sep 2012
8:05 pm

Great find, Robert.  Thanks!

ryan s 3 Dec 2012
11:34 am

I’m very curious what the other cocktails in the 1934 Esquire top ten are. Also, I gleaned that the same issue of Esquire had a ‘ten worst’ list that included the Clover Club.

steve7500 3 Dec 2012
12:54 pm

I am in complete agreement with Blair on this cocktail. The Lairds Bottled in Bond makes a very big difference. Lairds also makes a 71/2 Year old AJ that is very bold compared to the regular. Not much difference in price either. The B in B is the first choice now that I’ve tried all three.
I kind of reduced the Orgeat ( not by much ) it will over power this cocktail if not careful.

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