Amber Moon Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Amber Moon cocktail has a mysterious and intriguing history, often associated with witches and magic due to its enchanting amber color. It is said to have been a favorite among the elite and adventurous drinkers who frequented the hidden speakeasies during the Prohibition era. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy a touch of mystique and elegance in their drinks.

  • Origin: Prohibition era
  • Associations: Witches, magic, and mystery
  • Ideal for: Elite and adventurous drinkers

How Amber Moon Tastes?

The Amber Moon cocktail offers a harmonious balance of flavors, with a rich and velvety texture. It has a subtle sweetness, followed by a warm and spicy kick. The combination of whiskey, honey, and cinnamon creates a smooth and comforting taste, perfect for sipping on a cool evening.

Interesting facts about Amber Moon

  • The name 'Amber Moon' is derived from the cocktail's enchanting amber color, which is reminiscent of a glowing full moon.
  • The cocktail's mysterious history and association with witches and magic make it a popular choice for themed parties and events.
  • The Amber Moon is a versatile cocktail that can be enjoyed year-round, but it is especially popular during the fall and winter months due to its warm and comforting flavors.



Why 2oz?: This is the backbone of your Amber Moon; too little and your cocktail lacks character, too much and it'll overpower the delicate dance of flavors. If you waved goodbye to whiskey, you'd have a very sober and confused egg-white smoothie on your hands.

Alex Green


Why 0.5oz?: Just the right smidge to kiss the whiskey with sweetness without turning the drink into a bear's picnic. Without honey, the drink loses its smoothness and you'll feel like you're kissing a lemon—straight up sour!

Emma Rose


A pinch, yea verily: Like magic dust, a pinch adds mystery and warmth. Skip the cinnamon and the magic is gone—poof!—leaving behind a less interesting potion.

Mary Mitkina

Lemon Juice

Why 0.5oz?: Brightens everything up like sunshine on your palate. Miss the lemon and you'll be dining in the doldrums, where the flavors are flat and the company is bland.

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Egg White

Whisk it away: This ingredient is a frothy wizard that turns your cocktail into a silky spectacle. Omit the egg white and you lose the cocktail's charming velvet hat.

Emma Rose

Angostura Bitters

Two shakes of a lamb's tail: It's like the cocktail's intriguing accent, adding depth and complexity. No bitters? You've just given your drink the day off. Flat and unaccented.

Mary Mitkina


As needed, for cool customers: It's the chill factor, without it, you're serving lukewarm smiles and room-temperature regret.

Alex Green

Recipe. How to make Amber Moon Drink

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the whiskey, honey, cinnamon, and lemon juice.
  2. Add the egg white and shake vigorously without ice to create a frothy texture.
  3. Add ice to the shaker and shake again to chill the mixture.
  4. Strain the cocktail into a chilled coupe glass.
  5. Add two dashes of Angostura bitters on top of the frothy egg white layer.
  6. Garnish with a cinnamon stick or a lemon twist, if desired.

Pro Tips

  • Shake the cocktail shaker vigorously to create a frothy texture from the egg white.
  • Use fresh lemon juice for a better taste.
  • Garnish with a cinnamon stick or a lemon twist for an added touch of elegance.

Perfect Pairings


  • Cheese Board: A selection of artisanal cheeses, particularly those with nutty or aged profiles, would complement the sweet and spicy notes of the Amber Moon.
  • Smoked Salmon: The oily richness of smoked salmon can be cut through by the cocktail's citrus acidity.


  • Grilled Pork Chops: The cinnamon and honey flavors in the Amber Moon would marry well with the caramelization of grilled pork.
  • Roast Chicken: The herbal notes from a roast chicken create a harmonious balance with the whiskey and bitters.


  • Apple Pie: Highlight the cinnamon of the cocktail with a traditional apple pie, enhancing the spices of both the pie and the drink.
  • Dark Chocolate: The bitterness of dark chocolate would contrast nicely with the sweetness of the cocktail's honey.

Non-Alcoholic Pairings

  • Spiced Iced Tea: A cinnamon and clove infused tea would echo the spices without competing with the cocktail's strong flavors.

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What you could change in Amber Moon

  • Replace whiskey with bourbon for a sweeter taste.
  • Substitute honey with maple syrup if desired.
  • If you're out of Angostura bitters, orange bitters can be used instead.

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Apple Cider Amber Moon

  • Substitute lemon juice with apple cider for a fall-inspired take on the classic.
  • The apple cider adds a fruity and tangy touch, making it perfect for those crisp autumn evenings.

Spicy Amber Moon

  • Add a small slice of fresh jalapeño to the shaker before mixing.
  • The jalapeño infuses a spicy kick, an exciting contrast to the sweet and smooth notes of the original cocktail.

Amber Moon Royale

  • Top the frothy egg white with a splash of champagne.
  • The champagne brings a festive sparkle, transforming the Amber Moon from a soul-warming sipper to a celebratory toast.

In case you forgot basics how to make Amber Moon

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Amber Moon

What type of whiskey is best for an Amber Moon cocktail?

A spice-heavy rye whiskey works well with the Amber Moon cocktail, but ultimately, the choice of whiskey would come down to personal taste.

Can I use powdered cinnamon instead of a pinch?

Yes, powdered cinnamon can be used but it might not dissolve completely and could change the texture of the drink. Stick to a cinnamon stick for best results.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Amber Moon cocktail?

You can replace whiskey with non-alcoholic substitutes like tea or non-alcoholic distilled spirits. Remember to adjust the sweetness accordingly!

Is this cocktail suitable for vegans?

The egg white in the Amber Moon cocktail makes it unsuitable for vegans. You could use alternatives like aquafaba (chickpea water) for a vegan version.

How important are the dashes of Angostura bitters?

Angostura bitters give a complex blend of tropical flavors and spices to the Amber Moon. While you can still enjoy the cocktail without them, they certainly add depth to the taste.

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