Moonwalk Cocktail

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Published: 02/05/24

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The Moonwalk cocktail holds a distinguished place in the world of mixology, not just for its unique blend of flavors but also for its historical significance that ties it to one of humanity’s most monumental achievements: the Apollo 11 moon landing.

The Moonwalk cocktail is made with grapefruit juice, Grand Marnier, rose water, and topped with champagne, each ingredient carefully chosen to contribute to its distinctive taste and aroma. The grapefruit juice provides a tangy, citrus base, offering refreshing sharpness. Grand Marnier, a liqueur made from a blend of Cognac brandy, distilled essence of bitter orange, and sugar, adds depth and complexity with its rich, fruity undertones. Rose water introduces a subtle floral note, adding an element of elegance and softness to the drink. The cocktail is then topped with champagne, introducing effervescence that lifts the drink, creating a celebratory feel that perfectly mirrors the joyous occasion it was created to honor.

The Moonwalk cocktail was created in 1969, by Joe Gilmore, the head bartender at The American Bar at The Savoy Hotel in London, who crafted this cocktail to celebrate the Apollo 11 crew’s successful moon landing on July 20th, 1969. Gilmore, renowned for his creativity and expertise in mixology, sought to create a drink that encapsulated the awe and wonder of the moon landing. The result was a cocktail that was not only innovative in its flavor profile but also in its symbolic representation of a giant leap for mankind.

Apocryphally, it is said to have been the first drink served to the Apollo 11 crew upon their return to Earth, a fitting tribute to their historic journey. While this claim is more a part of cocktail folklore than documented history, it underscores the cocktail’s connection to the spirit of exploration and discovery.

As we sip on a Moonwalk cocktail, we do not just enjoy a beverage, we partake in a tradition that honors our capacity for wonder and exploration. It serves as a delicious tribute to the past while inspiring us to continue looking towards the stars, dreaming of the next leap for mankind.

Moonwalk Cocktail Recipe

  1. 30 ml fresh grapefruit juice

  2. 30 ml Grand Marnier

  3. 3 drops rose water

  4. 60 ml champagne, to top

  5. Ice

  6. Garnish: grapefruit twist

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How to Make a Moonwalk Cocktail

  1. Add the grapefruit juice, Grand Marnier, and rose water into a cocktail shaker.

  2. Add ice and shake for 10 seconds, until chilled.

  3. Strain into a champagne flute.

  4. Top with champagne.

  5. Garnish with a grapefruit twist.