blue moon cocktail

Blue Moon Cocktail

The Blue Moon was the house cocktail of Joel’s Bar, a New York bar popular in the ’20s. “Nothing was too absurd, too amusing, too nearly inconceivable” to be created at Joel’s according to Benjamin De Casseres, a prominent New York journalist at the time.

It is slightly sweet and fragrant, but the inclusion of lemon juice makes it a bright, fresh drink.

The version created at Joel’s is long-forgotten but dedicated bartenders have come up with approximations of the original that are worth trying. This version was created the 1940s, but David Wondrich has also come up with a Blue Moon that includes vermouth. Try both to see which you prefer.


I don’t like sharing cocktails where the ingredients are tricky to find or expensive, but if you like Aviations (and hopefully Blue Moons) then it’s worth getting a bottle of crème de violette.

Ingredients for the Blue Moon Cocktail:

60ml Gin (I used Sipsmith London Dry)

15ml Crème de Violette

15ml freshly squeezed lemon juice


Shake all the ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker and strain into a chilled coupette or martini glass.



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