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Harvest Moon

Harvest Moon cocktail
Image: / Tim Nusog

Inspired by the harvest season in late September, this cocktail by Shawn Chen, the beverage director at RedFarm and principal bartender at Decoy, embodies fall’s coziest flavors.


  • 1 3/4 ounces Tincup whiskey
  • 1/4 ounce Fernet-Branca
  • 1/4 ounce Cherry Heering
  • 1/4 ounce madeira
  • 1/2 ounce Concord grape shrub*
  • Garnish: 3 Concord grapes soaked in pomegranate molasses brandy and rolled in crushed toasted almond pieces


  1. Add all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice and stir until well-chilled.

  2. Strain into a rocks glass over a large ice cube.

  3. Garnish with the prepared Concord grapes.

*Concord grape shrub: Combine 6 cups Concord grapes (thoroughly rinsed) with 2 cups granulated sugar and gently mash the fruit to release its juice. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to sit overnight in the refrigerator. Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer by letting it sit for at least 30 minutes and discard solids. Add 1 cup white wine vinegar to the juice mixture. Bottle shrub in a glass jar. Will keep, refrigerated, for up to three weeks.