Cocktail of the week: Blue Moon

surveyor 1 on the moon's surface

Fifty years ago, on 2nd June 1966, the United States landed its first spacecraft on the moon. The unmanned space probe, Surveyor 1 (which had been pipped the post by the Soviet Union’s Luna 9 four months earlier), stayed on the moon’s surface until 6th July, in which time it beamed back 11,237 still photos of the lunar surface to the Earth. 

The event marked the start of a series of lunar landings, which would eventually lead to the landing of the first men on the moon in 1969.

What better way to toast this anniversary (you know us, any excuse) than with a Blue Moon cocktail. This classic tipple, similar to the Aviation, is thought to have been invented in 1940 by Oscar Tschirky of New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel – the same man who is credited with inventing Eggs Benedict and the Waldorf Salad…now that’s the makings of pretty amazing brunch. Cheers!

Blue Moon

60ml Gin

15ml Crème de violette

15ml Lemon juice


Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with a lemon zest twist.