Moonraker 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 Moonraker cocktail is inspired by the 1979 James Bond film 'Moonraker'. It is a sophisticated and elegant drink that reflects the luxurious lifestyle of the iconic British spy. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy a refined and complex taste, with a touch of mystery.

How Moonraker Tastes?

The Moonraker cocktail has a well-balanced taste, with a combination of sweet, sour, and slightly bitter notes. It is a strong and full-bodied drink, with a smooth and velvety texture.

Interesting facts about Moonraker

  • The Moonraker cocktail is named after the 11th James Bond film, which starred Roger Moore as the famous spy.
  • The drink is often served in a martini glass, which is a nod to Bond's preferred cocktail, the classic martini.
  • The Moonraker is sometimes referred to as a 'Bond-inspired' cocktail, as it combines elements of both the classic martini and the Vesper, another popular Bond drink.


  • Cognac: 1.5 oz(45ml)
  • Champagne: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Quince liqueur: 0.5 oz(15ml)
  • Lemon twist: 1


  • Usage: Cognac adds a rich, deeply aromatic flavor with notes of fruit and spice.
  • Why this amount?: At 1.5 oz, it's the cocktail's base, providing body without overpowering the other flavors.
  • What if omitted?: Without it, you'd miss the spirit's warm backbone.
  • Alternatives: Try armagnac for a similar profile, or bourbon for a twist with a smokier kick.

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  • Usage: Champagne injects liveliness with its effervescence and acidity.
  • Why this amount?: 1 oz keeps the drink from being too fizzy and allows the cognac to shine.
  • What if omitted?: It would lose its effervescent character.
  • Alternatives: A good quality sparkling wine could substitute, slightly altering the flavor profile.

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Quince Liqueur

  • Usage: Adds a unique sweet-tart flavor that complements the cognac.
  • Why this amount?: At 0.5 oz, it accents without overwhelming.
  • What if omitted?: You'd lose a layer of fruity complexity.
  • Alternatives: Pear liqueur could be used for a different, yet similar, fruity note.

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Lemon Twist

  • Usage: The zest provides a fresh, citrus aroma that brightens the cocktail.
  • Why this amount?: One twist is just enough to add an olfactory charm.
  • What if omitted?: The drink would lack its fragrant accent.
  • **There really aren't any alternatives that can provide the exact same fresh and zesty note.

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Recipe. How to make Moonraker Drink

  1. Chill a martini glass by filling it with ice and water.
  2. In a mixing glass, combine the cognac, quince liqueur, and ice.
  3. Stir the mixture until well-chilled.
  4. Discard the ice and water from the martini glass.
  5. Strain the cognac mixture into the chilled martini glass.
  6. Top with champagne.
  7. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Pro Tips

  • Chill the glass before you start. This will help to keep the cocktail cold for longer.
  • Use a high-quality cognac for the best taste.
  • Stir the mixture gently to avoid diluting the drink too much.

Perfect Pairings


  • Cheese Plate: A platter featuring brie, camembert, or aged gouda would complement the rich and fruity notes of the cognac and quince liqueur.
  • Seafood: Lightly cooked or raw seafood like oysters or shrimp would pair well with the crispness of the champagne.

Main Dishes

  • Roast Poultry: Try the Moonraker with roast chicken or turkey, which harmonize with the cocktail's depth and acidity.
  • Pork Tenderloin: Pair with a herb-crusted pork tenderloin for an elegant dining experience.


  • Fruit Tarts: A lemon or apricot tart would echo the citrus garnish and the quince's slight tartness.
  • Almond or Hazelnut Desserts: Nutty desserts can enhance the warmth of cognac.

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What you could change in Moonraker

  • You can replace Cognac with Brandy if you prefer.
  • If you don't have Quince Liqueur, Apricot Brandy can be used as a substitute.
  • Lime twist can be used instead of lemon twist for a different flavor.

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And of course - twists🍹

Classic Sidecar Twist

  • Ingredients: Replace champagne with orange liqueur for a different bubbly effect.
  • Recipe: Mix 1.5 oz cognac, 0.5 oz quince liqueur, 1 oz orange liqueur, and ice in a cocktail shaker, shake well, and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.
  • Flavor Change: It becomes sweeter and fruitier, with a hint of orange to complement the quince liqueur.

Spiced Moonraker

  • Ingredients: Add a dash of cinnamon or nutmeg to the original recipe.
  • Recipe: Stir cognac, quince liqueur, and ice along with your chosen spice, strain into a glass, then top with champagne and garnish with a lemon twist.
  • Flavor Change: Introduces a warm, autumnal spice to the mix, perfect for colder weather.

Moonraker Royale

  • Ingredients: Use a raspberry liqueur instead of quince and add fresh raspberries.
  • Recipe: Combine 1.5 oz cognac, 0.5 oz raspberry liqueur, and ice. Stir, then strain into a glass and top with champagne. Finish with fresh raspberries and a lemon twist.
  • Flavor Change: Adds a berry sweetness and tartness that pairs wonderfully with the cognac and champagne, for a more fruity experience.

In case you forgot basics how to make Moonraker

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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Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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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 Moonraker

What is the origin of the name 'Moonraker'?

The Moonraker cocktail takes its name from the 11th instalment of the James Bond franchise- 'Moonraker', released in 1979.

Does the order of adding the ingredients in a cocktail matter?

Absolutely! The order can affect both the taste and presentation of the cocktail. For the Moonraker, for example, the champagne is added last to create a beautiful layering effect.

What is the significance of a lemon twist garnish in a cocktail?

A lemon twist adds a hint of citrus flavor to the cocktail. It also enhances the presentation of the drink.

Who was the actor who played James Bond in the film 'Moonraker'?

Moonraker, which inspired the Moonraker cocktail, starred Roger Moore as James Bond.

How much alcohol is typically present in a cocktail?

The alcohol content of a cocktail typically ranges from 10-30%. The Moonraker, for example, has an alcohol content of 20%.

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