When was the Blue Moon Invented
Blue Moon is actually a variation of the Aviation Cocktail, and the color of that cocktail is not blue but a mysterious mauve color!
The origins of this drink were created around 1940 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York, USA! In fact, the history of this cocktail can be traced back to the book “100 Famous Cocktails” published as early as 1934! In the recipe from the earliest days, there was no lemon juice used, due to the discontinuation of Violet Liqueur, this cocktail also disappeared for a long time, with the resumption of production of Violet Liqueur, this drink is officially back in everyone’s view!
What You Need
- blue curaçao or parfait amour liqueur
- lemon juice
- lemon peel
How to Make a Blue Moon
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Add the gin, blue curaçao or parfait amour liqueur, and lemon juice to the shaker.
- Shake the mixture vigorously for about 10-15 seconds to chill the ingredients and combine the flavors.
- Strain the cocktail into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Garnish the cocktail with a lemon twist or orange twist, and serve immediately.
Tip For Making a Blue Moon
- Use a good-quality gin: Since gin is the base spirit in this cocktail, it’s important to choose a gin that you enjoy drinking on its own. A high-quality gin will also help to balance out the sweetness of the blue curaçao and the sourness of the lemon juice.
- Adjust the sweetness and tartness to your liking: The amount of simple syrup and lemon juice in the recipe can be adjusted to your taste. If you prefer a sweeter cocktail, you can add more simple syrup, while if you prefer a more tart cocktail, you can add more lemon juice.
- Chill your glass before serving: Chilling your glass in the freezer for a few minutes before serving will help keep the cocktail cool for longer and prevent it from getting watered down too quickly.
- Use fresh ingredients: Always use fresh lemon juice and simple syrup when making this cocktail. Bottled lemon juice and pre-made simple syrup can have a different taste and may affect the balance of the cocktail.
- Garnish with a citrus twist: A lemon twist or orange twist not only adds a nice touch of color to the cocktail, but it also complements the flavors of the Blue Moon. To make a twist, use a vegetable peeler to remove a thin strip of zest from a lemon or an orange, being careful not to include the white pith. Then, twist the peel over the cocktail to release the citrus oils.