Sukkot, or the “Festival of Booths” comes around this time of year to celebrate the harvest season. Reminiscent of the harvester’s hut, which was set out in the fields of yore during the season, a sukkah is a little outdoor shelter where you can rest, eat, and look at the stars. You’ll also find a strange citrus fruit there called an etrog, or citron. This ancient Mediterranean fruit looks like a fat wrinkled lemon and has an intense citrus and violet fragrance – cocktails, anyone? It turns out that a small distillery in Los Angeles has actually created an award winning Etrog liqueur. Other fruit flavors of this seasonal holiday include apples, pears, figs, grapes and pomegranates. Pomegranate equals grenadine, of course, and I’ll use any excuse to break out the apple brandy or applejack. Here’s the “Harvest Highball”, made with Applejack, Etrog, and a fig-pomegranate grenadine. Happy Autumn!

Harvest Highball

1 ½ Laird’s Applejack

¾ oz fresh lime juice

¾ oz fig grenadine

½ oz Etrog liqueuer (Sukkah Hill Spirits)

3-6 oz club soda to taste

2 dashes orange bitters

Stir all ingredients over ice and enjoy while listening to Cannonball Adderly’s “Autumn Leaves”.

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