Astronaut Recipe

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Alcohol %:40

Created by

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 Astronaut cocktail is a modern twist on the classic Margarita, with a space-age twist. It was first created in the early 2000s by a bartender who was inspired by the space exploration era. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy a sweet and tangy drink with a hint of adventure.

How Astronaut Tastes?

The Astronaut cocktail is a delightful blend of sweet, sour, and tangy flavors. The tangy lime juice and sweet triple sec perfectly balance the strong, smoky flavor of the tequila, while the tangy grapefruit juice adds a refreshing twist.

Interesting facts about Astronaut

  • The Astronaut cocktail was named after the space exploration era.
  • It's a modern twist on the classic Margarita.
  • The cocktail is known for its sweet and tangy flavor profile.


Tequila: 2oz

Tequila brings the heat to our cosmic journey, giving that spirited kick every astronaut needs. Using more would propel us too fast, less and we might not reach orbit. Without it, well, that's just a non-alcoholic spacewalk—still fun, but missing the thrill.

Mary Mitkina

Triple Sec: 1oz

Triple Sec is our co-pilot, adding sweetness and depth with its orange flavor, making sure our taste buds aren't left in the dark. Too much might make it overly sweet, too little and our flavor profile could become unbalanced.

Mary Mitkina

Lime Juice: 1oz

Lime juice provides the necessary tanginess, like the sharp twist of a spacesuit dial. It keeps the sweetness in check, without it, you'd be floating in a sugary abyss.

Alex Green

Grapefruit Juice: 1oz

Grapefruit juice adds a bitter edge, like the view of Earth from a porthole—unexpected but delightful. Skip this and the balance goes haywire, like a satellite off its trajectory.

Mary Mitkina

Sugar Rim: 1

The final frontier, the sugar rim provides a crunchy contrast to the smooth liquid cosmos. It's the sparkling ring of Saturn on your glass. Without it, the experience is still stellar, but why miss out on the sparkle?

Mary Mitkina

Recipe. How to make Astronaut Drink

  1. Rim the glass with sugar.
  2. In a shaker, combine tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and grapefruit juice.
  3. Shake well and strain into the glass.
  4. Serve chilled.

Pro Tips

  • Make sure to shake the cocktail well to fully combine all the ingredients.
  • Use fresh lime and grapefruit juice for the best flavor.
  • Chill the glass before serving for a refreshing experience.

Perfect Pairings


  • Ceviche: The citrus notes in the shot will complement the lime and seafood flavors.
  • Shrimp Cocktail: A classic seafood appetizer pairs well with the acidity and sweetness of the 'Astronaut'.

Main Dishes

  • Fish Tacos: The light and zesty flavors of the shot will enhance the taste of the fish.
  • Grilled Chicken: A slightly charred chicken will balance nicely with the sweet and sour elements of the shot.


  • Citrus Sorbet: The sweet and tangy profile of sorbet echoes the citrusy notes in the shot.
  • Key Lime Pie: A dessert with a similar lime component makes for a congruent pairing.


  • Sparkling Water: Cleanses the palate between shots.
  • Pale Ale: The beer's bitterness can be a nice counterpoint to the shot's sweetness.

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What you could change in Astronaut

  • You can substitute the tequila with vodka for a lighter taste.
  • If you don't have triple sec, you can use any other orange liqueur.
  • For a non-alcoholic version, replace the tequila and triple sec with orange juice and lime soda.

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  • Swap grapefruit juice with blue curaçao for an electric blue appearance.
  • The taste becomes more tropical and visually simulates a 'moon's surface'.
  • Ingredients: 2oz Tequila, 1oz Triple Sec, 1oz Lime Juice, 1oz Blue Curaçao, Sugar Rim
  • A small step for a bartender, a giant leap for your taste buds.

Martian Sunrise

  • Incorporate grenadine to mimic the red hues of Mars.
  • The grenadine adds a sweet pomegranate flavor for a sunrise effect.
  • Ingredients: 2oz Tequila, 1oz Triple Sec, 1oz Lime Juice, 1oz Grapefruit Juice, 0.5oz Grenadine, Sugar Rim
  • Like watching a sunrise from another planet, with a twist of terran tequila.

Solar Flare

  • Add a dash of hot sauce for a shot with a fiery kick.
  • It brings a spicy punch that heats up the palette, much like a burst from the sun.
  • Ingredients: 2oz Tequila, 1oz Triple Sec, 1oz Lime Juice, 1oz Grapefruit Juice, Dash of Hot Sauce, Sugar Rim
  • Ignite your senses with a flare of capsaicin craftsmanship.

In case you forgot basics how to make Astronaut

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.

Learn everything on how to shake

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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Frequently Asked Questions on Astronaut

What is the best time to enjoy the Astronaut cocktail?

The Astronaut cocktail can be enjoyed anytime but it's particularly refreshing on a hot summer day.

What kind of tequila should I use for the Astronaut cocktail?

While any tequila can be used, a high quality blanco or silver tequila will give the best results.

What type of glass is best to serve the Astronaut Cocktail?

A chilled cocktail glass is the best choice, though it could also be served in a margarita or coupe glass.

Can I add other fruits or spices to the Astronaut cocktail?

Yes, while the traditional recipe doesn't call for it, feel free to experiment with adding other ingredients like a splash of cranberry juice or a cinnamon sugar rim.

Should the grapefruit juice be fresh or can I use store-bought?

Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice is recommended for the best taste, but store-bought can be used if fresh isn't available.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Astronaut cocktail?

Yes, you can replace the tequila and triple sec with orange juice and lime soda.

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