Exotic Moon Festival Cocktails from NYC’s Hottest Bartenders

As the sun-soaked days of summer slowly come to an end, we’ve found a new way to celebrate the changing seasons. In the spirit of the auspicious mid-autumn Harvest Moon Festival, mix up your cocktail staples with Asian-inspired libations crafted by New York “Star-tenders” like Eamon Rockey (Betony), Walter Easterbrook (The Bowery Hotel), Greg Seider (Manhattan Cricket Club), Marlo Gamora (Jeepney) and Shinichi Ikeda (B Flat). A traditional harvest celebration in China and Vietnam dating back over 3,000 years, each cocktail utilizes the versatile flavor profile of the Bombay Sapphire East (infused with Thai lemongrass and Vietnamese black peppercorns) while offering an innovative and exciting way to celebrate the Harvest Moon Festival.

On September 12 in New York City, readers will have the unique opportunity to enjoy each of these libations at the nation’s preeminent celebration of Asian epicurean culture, the LUCKYRICE 5TH Anniversary Moon Festival Cocktail Feast. For one night only, guests will revel in the majesty of the full moon while enjoying a field of innovative elixirs from the city’s finest drinking establishments.

LUCKYRICE Harvest Moon Cocktail Feast Event Details:

WHAT:  LUCKYRICE 5TH Anniversary Moon Festival Cocktail Feast hosted by BOMBAY SAPPHIRE East

WHEN:  Friday, September 12 – VIP: 9PM-12AM, GA: 10PM-12AM

WHERE: The Bowery Hotel

                 335 Bowery

Ticket info here: http://luckyrice.com/upcoming-events#moon-festival-cocktail-feast

VIP (Early Entry): $88

GA: $50

Exotic Moon Festival Cocktails from NYC’s Hottest BartendersSignature ‘Year of the Horse’ Cocktail – EAST Hibuscus Buck:

1.5oz Bombay Sapphire EAST
1.5oz Hibiscus Tea
1.5oz Ginger Beer
2 squeezes fresh lime.
Build all with ice in a highball glass.

Ginger Snap (Marlo Gamora, Jeepney)

2 oz Bombay Sapphire EAST gin

.Exotic Moon Festival Cocktails from NYC’s Hottest Bartenders5 oz kalamansi-honey

.75 oz ginger syrup

.5 oz lime juice

3 dashes orange bitters

Shake & top w/ club soda. Strain over over fresh ice in a Collins glass. Garnish with lime wheel and mint sprig/leaf.

Bonfire of the Calamities 
(Greg Seider, Manhattan Cricket Club)

2 oz Kaffir lime infused Bombay Sapphire EAST gin

1oz lemon

3/4 oz agave mix (1/2 water 1/2 agave)

Served on rocks

Exotic Moon Festival Cocktails from NYC’s Hottest BartendersWith atomized forbidden Forrest Chinese tea

Ginger and Spice 
(Walter Easterbrook, The Bowery)

1 ½ oz. Bombay Sapphire EAST gin

1 ½ oz. lemon juice

3 dashes of bitters


Method: Break up mint into a mixing glass, add ingredients. Shake and strain into an old fashioned glass.

Sprinkle cayenne pepper

Exotic Moon Festival Cocktails from NYC’s Hottest BartendersEast of Sun (Shinichi Ikeda, BFlat)

1.5oz Bombay Sapphire EAST gin

.5oz lemon juice

1 piece basil leaf

1/8 pear compote

Additional Cocktails Served:

Orson Salicetti of Ariana

Lavander Sour: Lavander-infused Bombay Sapphire® East Gin, Egg White, Lemon Juice, Agave Nectar, Lavander Elixir

Le Petite: Bombay Sapphire® East Gin, Green Grapes, St-Germain®, Lime, Agave Nectar, Hibiscus Elixir 2)

Eamon Rockey of Betony

Betony Milk Punch: Bombay Sapphire® East Gin, Watermelon, Lemongrass

Brett Hughes of Madam Geneva

Shiso Swizzle: Bombay Sapphire® East Gin, Fresh Lemon, Chartreuse, Shiso Cordial

Macao Trading Co.

Bashful Maiden: Bombay Sapphire® East Gin, St-Germain®, Velvet Falernum, Lemon Juice, Pureed Striped Melon