Blue Moon Shot 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 Blue Moon Shot is a vibrant and alluring concoction that has graced the menus of many upscale bars. Its origins are somewhat murky, but it's clear that this shot has become a favorite for those who appreciate a sweet and nutty flavor profile with a visually stunning appearance.

  • Popularity: The Blue Moon Shot gained popularity in the early 2000s, often featured in themed parties and gatherings.
  • Audience: It's particularly beloved by those who enjoy dessert-like cocktails and is a hit at celebrations.
  • Visual Appeal: The bright blue hue of the Blue Curaçao makes it a showstopper.

How Blue Moon Shot Tastes?

The Blue Moon Shot offers a delightful blend of sweet almond flavor from the Amaretto, complemented by the slightly bitter and citrus notes of the Blue Curaçao. It's a smooth, rich shot with a creamy texture that can be both refreshing and indulgent.

Interesting facts about Blue Moon Shot

  • Color Significance: The blue color is often associated with tranquility and sophistication, making it a stylish choice for a night out.
  • Almond Allure: Amaretto, derived from almonds, adds a comforting warmth to the shot, making it a winter favorite.
  • Versatility: This shot can be transformed into a cocktail by simply adding a mixer like lemonade or soda.



Almondaire brings a nutty, creamy touch to our celestial shot. It's like the velvet night sky of our Blue Moon motif. 1/3 oz sweetens the deal without overpowering. Miss it, and you'll lose the moon's mysterious allure. Swap it with Bailey's for a creamier texture, though straying from the almond essence.

Alex Green

Blue Curaçao

This electric blue potion is our night sky's guiding star. It's citrusy, it's sweet, and at 1/3 oz, it's just the right amount to make a wish upon without a shooting-star-sized hangover. Ditching it? Say farewell to the Blue Moon's signature hue. Triple Sec keeps the citrus but loses the blue lagoon.

Mary Mitkina


Our Italian suitor adds a touch of sweet sophistication. Almost like a lunar serenade, this almond-flavored friend at 1/3 oz mellows the night. Without it, the shot's romance wanes. Fancy a change? A splash of Frangelico whispers hazelnut secrets - a new love story for the taste buds.

Emma Rose

Recipe. How to make Blue Moon Shot Drink

  1. Chill the Shot Glass: Place the shot glass in the freezer for a few minutes.
  2. Shake the ingredients: Pour all the ingredients to the shaker and shake well.
  3. Serve Immediately: Strain the cocktail to the shot glass. Enjoy

Pro Tips

  • Chill: Always serve this shot well-chilled to enhance the flavors.
  • Quality Ingredients: Use high-quality liqueurs for the best taste experience.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

With its sweet almond and citrus notes, the Blue Moon Shot can be a delightful prelude to a variety of dishes:

  • Seafood: Especially dishes like shrimp cocktail or scallops, where the sweetness of the seafood complements the sweetness in the shot.
  • Salty Snacks: Think salted nuts or pretzels to balance the sweetness of the shot.
  • Desserts: Particularly those with almond or citrus flavors, such as lemon tarts or almond biscotti.

Drink Pairings

  • Champagne: Enjoy a shot before sipping some bubbly; the effervescence will cleanse the palate.
  • Coffee: After the shot, a cup of black coffee can offer a delightful bitter counterpoint.
  • Craft Beers: Particularly a crisp pilsner or a citrus-infused IPA can pair nicely.

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What you could change in Blue Moon Shot

  • Almondaire: If Almondaire is not available, any almond milk liqueur or even a non-alcoholic almond syrup can be used as a substitute.
  • Blue Curaçao: In a pinch, Triple Sec dyed with blue food coloring can mimic the color and flavor.
  • Amaretto: For a less sweet shot, consider using a hazelnut liqueur.

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Blue Moon Rising

For a more potent moonrise, let's add overproof rum. Swap out the Almondaire for 1/4 oz of Wray & Nephew Overproof Rum, keep the blue and the amaretto. You'll shoot for the stars with an extra fiery kick. The rum's potency will leave a trail of warmth, perfect for those who prefer their night skies with a flare.

Lunar Eclipse

Dark and mysterious, replace Blue Curaçao with Creme de Violette for a darker hue, akin to a lunar eclipse. A 1/3 oz still, but instead of a blue sheen, you'll get a touch of floral royalty. This twist will shroud the moon in midnight mystery, delighting those who love a touch of elegance in their shots.

Nutty Comet

Prepare for a hazelnut streak across the sky. Replace the amaretto with Frangelico for that hazelnut twist. Still at 1/3 oz, but now with a more pronounced nutty flavor. Amaretto's subtlety will be missed, replaced by Frangelico's boldness, attracting those in search of a new adventure in their nightcap.

In case you forgot basics how to make Blue Moon Shot

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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Frequently Asked Questions on Blue Moon Shot

What is the best way to serve a Blue Moon Shot?

The Blue Moon Shot is best served in a chilled shot glass to keep the temperature and the layers intact for optimum presentation and flavor.

Can I make a Blue Moon Shot in advance?

It's recommended to make the Blue Moon Shot just before serving to ensure the layers remain distinct and the shot doesn't warm up, compromising its taste and texture.

What type of glass is ideal for a Blue Moon Shot?

A standard clear shot glass is ideal for the Blue Moon Shot to showcase the layered colors and make the drink visually striking.

Is the Blue Moon Shot suitable for all types of occasions?

Due to its vibrant look and sweet flavor, the Blue Moon Shot is versatile and can be enjoyed at casual gatherings, themed parties, or more upscale events.

What can I pair with a Blue Moon Shot during a party?

Pair the Blue Moon Shot with light appetizers, dessert items, or simply enjoy it on its own as a fun party shooter.

How can I alter the sweetness of the Blue Moon Shot?

To adjust the sweetness, you can experiment with the proportions of Amaretto and Blue Curaçao, or try different substitutes as mentioned in the provided substitutions.

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