Moonwalk
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Moonwalk
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A historical drink, created in 1969 by Joe Gilmore, the head barman of the American Bar at the Savoy Hotel in London to mark the first moon landing. The cocktail ... more A historical drink, created in 1969 by Joe Gilmore, the head barman of the American Bar at the Savoy Hotel in London to mark the first moon landing. The cocktail was the first drink the astronauts had when they arrived back on Earth. A letter of thanks was later sent from Neil Armstrong to Joe Gilmore.
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Orange liqueur
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10.14% | 1.47 units *

Method
How to make a Moonwalk

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add all ingredients except for the champagne to a cocktail shaker and shake well
Strain into a chilled wine glass
Top up with champagne and serve

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Shake  ·  Strain  · 

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the origin of the Moonwalk cocktail?

The Moonwalk cocktail was created in 1969 by Joe Gilmore, the head bartender at London's Savoy Hotel, to commemorate the Apollo 11 moon landing. It was reportedly the first drink that astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin had upon returning to earth.

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

Can I use any type of orange liqueur in the Moonwalk cocktail?

Yes, you can use any type of orange liqueur in the Moonwalk cocktail, though some popular choices include Cointreau, Grand Marnier, and Triple Sec. The choice of orange liqueur can subtly alter the flavor profile, so you might want to experiment to find your preferred option.

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

Why is the Moonwalk cocktail shaken and not stirred?

The Moonwalk cocktail is shaken and not stirred to better integrate the grapefruit juice with the other ingredients, creating a smooth, cohesive flavor. Shaking also chills the mixture more effectively than stirring, resulting in a refreshingly cold drink.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the best way to serve a Moonwalk cocktail?

The Moonwalk cocktail is best served in a wine glass, with the Champagne or prosecco added last to preserve its bubbles. For an elegant presentation, chill the glass beforehand and consider garnishing with a twist of grapefruit peel or a small edible flower.

FOOD_PAIRINGS

What food pairs well with a Moonwalk cocktail?

The Moonwalk cocktail, with its citrus notes and effervescence, pairs well with light appetizers, such as seafood dishes, canapés, or fruit-based desserts. Its refreshing qualities make it an excellent complement to delicate flavors without overpowering them.

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