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Recipe For Harvard Cooler Cocktail

Happy Hour: Harvard Cooler

I wish there were more dishes in my repertoire for that transitional period when warm weather's not quite ended and Autumn's yet to really begin, but thankfully I've discovered at least one cocktail. By its name alone, the Harvard Cooler sounds like the start to a crisp, cool Cambridge Fall — but its spritzy, bright appearance still sings of summertime.

This oddly named cocktail, which is apparently a staple at bars in Japan, is a combination of lemon, sugar, seltzer, and apple brandy. The recipe's quite simple, but sometimes that's what works best. See it when you read on.

Harvard Cooler

Harvard Cooler

Harvard Cooler Cocktail Recipe


1 1/2 ounces Calvados
1/3 ounce fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon simple syrup
1 1/2 ounces chilled club soda


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the Calvados, lemon juice and Simple Syrup and shake well. Strain into an ice-filled highball glass, then stir in the club soda.

Makes 1 drink.

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courtneyd courtneyd 5 years
Here's the recipe, Yum:
Food Food 5 years
Courtneyd, I'll have to try something similar. (If you have time to post the recipe, I'd follow it too!) Thanks for the suggestion -- I'm always looking for more dinner options this time of year!
courtneyd courtneyd 5 years
This sounds wonderful! I have all of the ingredients, so I think I'll be trying this tonight. For the change of seasons, I really like a Caribbean vegetable soup this time of year. The habaneros and coconut milk give it that tropical taste, but it's warm and comforting like a fall soup should be. Perfect for this summer/fall thing that's happening now.
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