John's Cocktail: Harvest Moon

"Rachael loves the song 'Harvest Moon' by Neil Young. Hopefully she'll love this cocktail just as much." –John Cusimano
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red harvest moon cocktail drink with orange peel and straw

Recipe by John Cusimano

This recipe originally appeared in our Harvest 2020 issue. Get the magazine here.

Start to Finish: 5 minutes

Servings: Makes 1 cocktail


  • Ice 
  • 1 1/2 oz. vodka
  • 1 oz. pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz. orange liqueur, such as Cointreau
  • 2 to 3 oz. ginger beer
  • Orange twist and pomegranate seeds, for garnish


Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the vodka, pomegranate juice, simple syrup, and liqueur. Shake until chilled, then strain into a Collins glass filled with ice. Top with the ginger beer and garnish with the orange twist and pomegranate seeds. Serve with a straw