Moon Mist Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol content:14%

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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 Moon Mist cocktail is a relatively modern creation, designed to capture the imagination with its celestial name and unique flavor profile. It's a hit among those who appreciate a balance of sweet and tart flavors, combined with the botanical notes of gin.

  • Origins:
    • The exact origins are not well-documented, but it's believed to have been concocted in the early 21st century.
    • It gained popularity as a refreshing summer cocktail.
  • Popularity:
    • Ideal for gin enthusiasts looking for a twist on traditional gin-based drinks.
    • It's often enjoyed by those who prefer lighter, fruitier cocktails.
  • Cultural Impact:
    • The name 'Moon Mist' evokes a sense of mystery and elegance, making it a popular choice for themed parties and romantic evenings.

How Moon Mist Tastes?

The Moon Mist cocktail offers a delightful fusion of flavors. It's a tantalizing mix that's both sweet and slightly tart, with the maraschino liqueur providing a subtle almond-like undertone. The white grape juice adds a fruity freshness that complements the botanicals in the gin, creating a light and refreshing drink with a complex flavor profile.

Interesting facts about Moon Mist

  • Colorful Presentation:
    • The cocktail's pale purple hue is reminiscent of a misty moonlit night.
  • Versatility:
    • It can be easily adapted for non-alcoholic versions by substituting the gin with a non-alcoholic spirit.
  • Cocktail Variations:
    • Bartenders often experiment with different types of gin to alter the botanical notes of the Moon Mist.


A few good options for Moon Mist are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

Learn everything on which Gin to choose


The use of 1.5 oz of gin provides a botanical foundation, giving the Moon Mist its characteristic complexity. A bit boozy but not overboard; it's like the lead singer of a band - indispensable. Without gin, you'd lose the essential spirit of the cocktail. Less gin makes for a softer drink, more for a stiff upper lip. Alternately, using vodka will create a cleaner, less herbaceous drink.

Emma Rose

Maraschino Liqueur

At 0.5 oz, maraschino liqueur adds a hint of cherry sweetness. It's the secret background vocalist that hits the high notes. Too much and it steals the show; too little and the performance falls flat. Omit it, and you sever a vital thread of complexity. An alternative could be Cointreau for a citrusy twist.

Mary Mitkina

White Grape Juice

1 oz of white grape juice brings fruitiness and a mild tartness, balancing out the gin and maraschino's intensities. It's the cocktail's harmonizer, ensuring everyone plays nice. Too much juice, and it's a boozy grape squash; too little, and the gin might get too chatty. No juice, and the drink loses its fruity charm. Apple juice could substitute, though the taste would be tangier.

Alex Green

Recipe. How to make Moon Mist Drink

  1. Chill your cocktail glass in the freezer.
  2. Combine 1.5 oz of gin, 0.5 oz of maraschino liqueur, and 1 oz of white grape juice in a shaker.
  3. Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds.
  4. Strain into the chilled glass.
  5. Garnish with a grape or a twist of lemon zest.

Pro Tips

  • Ice Quality:
    • Use large, clear ice cubes to prevent over-dilution.
  • Shaking Technique:
    • Shake until the shaker feels cold to ensure proper chilling and dilution.
  • Garnish:
    • Express a lemon peel over the drink to release the oils before adding it as garnish.

Perfect Pairings


  • Cheese platters: A selection of mild cheeses, such as brie or camembert, can complement the cocktail's botanical flavors.
  • Seafood: Light dishes like shrimp cocktail or ceviche can match well with the crisp and refreshing taste.

Main Courses

  • Grilled white fish: An herbed white fish would pair nicely thanks to the delicate flavors.
  • Chicken Piccata: The lemon notes in the dish could harmonize with the citrusy zing in the Moon Mist.


  • Fruit Sorbet: A lemon or grape sorbet would be a delightful finish, keeping with the fruity and slightly sweet profile of the drink.

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What you could change in Moon Mist

  • Gin Alternatives:
    • Use a non-alcoholic gin for a sober version.
  • Maraschino Liqueur Substitutes:
    • Cherry liqueur can be used, though it will be sweeter.
  • Grape Juice Variations:
    • Try different types of grape juice to tweak the flavor.

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And of course - twists🍹

Moon Mist with a Herbal Touch

  • Substitute gin with infused gin (rosemary or thyme, for example)
  • The herb-infused gin adds an extra layer of aromatic complexity, and you'll have a cocktail that feels like a walk in a Mediterranean garden.
  • The recipe is the same, but use your herb-infused gin instead. Expect a more fragrant and earthy drink.
  • This twist would be perfect for those who appreciate the scent of fresh herbs.

Starry Night Mist

  • Add a splash of crème de violette
  • The crème de violette introduces a floral, slightly sweet flavor and a captivating purple hue to the drink.
  • Stir in a 0.25 oz of crème de violette after straining into the glass. Gently mix to create a gradient effect.
  • The flavor profiles would suit dreamers who like their cocktail looking and tasting as though it's from a fairy tale.

Sparkling Moon Mist

  • Top with soda water or champagne
  • Carbonation adds a refreshing zing and makes the cocktail more celebratory.
  • After straining into the glass, top up with your choice of fizz. Cheers to a bubbly twist!
  • This would be ideal for toasting under the moonlight, turning an ordinary night into a special occasion.

In case you forgot basics how to make Moon Mist

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.

Learn everything on how to strain

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 Moon Mist

Can the Moon Mist cocktail be served on the rocks?

While the traditional recipe suggests serving it straight up, you can certainly serve it on the rocks if you prefer a more diluted and colder beverage.

Is Moon Mist suitable for a large gathering or party?

Absolutely, Moon Mist's intriguing flavor and elegant presentation make it a great choice for parties. You can pre-mix a larger batch and serve it in a punch bowl or pitcher.

What type of gin works best with the Moon Mist cocktail?

A dry gin with prominent botanical notes works well to balance the sweet and tart components of the Moon Mist cocktail.

Can I make a pitcher of Moon Mist in advance?

Yes, you can mix the gin, maraschino liqueur, and white grape juice in a pitcher and store it in the refrigerator. Just add ice and shake individual servings as needed.

What kind of garnish could I use besides grape or lemon zest?

Edible flowers or a sprig of fresh herbs like mint or thyme can enhance the visual appeal and add a subtle aroma.

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