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By lunar light or flame of their cozy fireplace, a Harvest Moon Martini will put stars in your eyes. (Photo courtesy of Baron’s Cove)

If you’ve gotten stuck in pumpkin and apple-picking traffic on any given weekend recently, well, maybe this offering from Baron’s Cove will ease the pain (when you’re no longer driving, of course).

The cozy, 67-room hotel and restaurant is celebrating it’s 65th anniversary this year, and if only the shiplap-laden walls of the old bar could talk — we can only imagine the conversations that occurred from famed patrons like John Steinbeck, Jackson Pollock, Truman Capote, Spalding Gray, Langston Hughes, Kurt Vonnegut and William and Elaine de Kooning.

We’re digging how super seasonal this recipe is, and highly encourage you to high-tail it over to the Milk Pail for a jug of their fresh-pressed apple cider to employ alongside New Jersey’s own Laird’s applejack (the chief ingredient in Steinbeck’s favored cocktail, the Jack Rose).

Whether you’re riding solo with a well-worn copy of the Grapes of Wrath and a contemplative cocktail to sip alongside, or mixing up a batch beneath the moonlight with your sweetie, the Harvest Moon Martini is a lovely liquid coda for these final weekends of October.

Baron’s Cove Harvest Moon Martini

Prep Time 3 minutes
Serves 1 cocktail


  • 2 oz Laird's Applejack Brandy
  • 1/2 oz fresh pressed apple juice
  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz maple syrup
  • 1 apple slice
  • 1 mint sprig


  • In a shaker filled with ice, pour in the brandy, apple and lemon juices and the maple syrup.
  • Shake well, until cold and frothy; about 10 seconds.
  • Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with the apple slice and mint sprig. Cheers!