The quick and easy recipe for a Moonwalk Cocktail by Colleen Jeffers
If you’ve seen even just one of her cocktails, you know she’s a genius.
She created the Good Drink brand to make home bartending more approachable, and by golly she really did it.
I love using her recipes to whip up impressive cocktails both when we’re hosting and when we’re enjoying a cozy night in.
And now, her book Bubbly is out in the world and it is magnificent.
I mean truly magical. She’s got cocktails in there like a Rosemary Maple Bellini and a Hopped Pineapple Spritz. Can you say YUM or what?
Her cocktail recipes never fail to impress me. Don’t even get me started on her garnishes. They’re simply, yet complex. They’re understated and unexpected. Yet, they fit perfectly atop their respective cocktails.
I could go on and on about Colleen and her ridiculous talent, but let’s get to the actual cocktail!
The Moonwalk caught my attention, not just because of the delicious ingredients (hello, grapefruit! If you don’t know already, I live for a good grapefruit cocktail. They’re my favorite!), but because of the story behind its inception. Here it is, direct from Bubbly –
The history of this cocktail is fairly well documented – it was created by Joe Gilmore, legendary Head Barman of the Savoy Hotel in London, to commemorate the 1969 lunar landing. Cocktail historians claim it as the first drink Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin sipped after their return to earth (after waiting out their government-imposed quarantine, of course). In my opinion, it makes an excellent brunch cocktail.
How nifty is that?! The first cocktail that Neil + Buzz sipped on after returning to earth. That’s the coolest thing I’ve heard in a while.
So, now you get it. And, next you’ll (hopefully!) be tasting it, too.
Here’s how to whip up the Moonwalk via Colleen’s book, Bubbly.
1 ounce fresh, strained grapefruit juice
1 ounce Grand Marnier liqueur
3 drops rosewater
Chilled champagne, to top (about 2 ounces)
Optional: Rose petal and grapefruit peel or hibiscus pod, to garnish
1. Combine the grapefruit juice, liqueur, and rosewater in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake for 15 seconds, then strain into a chilled glass.
2. Top with chilled champagne, by pouring carefully and slowly down the side of th glass to reduce foam.
Optional: Garnish with a rose petal and peel. I used a hibiscus pod and grapefruit zest.
What do you think, will you be whipping up your own Moonwalk cocktail soon?