Starry Night Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol content:15%

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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 Starry Night cocktail is a modern concoction that's gained popularity for its unique combination of flavors and its vibrant, energetic presentation. It's often associated with lively night scenes and is a favorite among those who enjoy a night out with a bit of a kick.

  • Inspiration: The cocktail is inspired by the famous painting by Vincent van Gogh, aiming to capture the swirling energy and vivid colors of the artwork in a drinkable form.
  • Popularity: It's particularly popular in trendy urban bars and nightclubs.
  • Audience: This drink is a hit with younger crowds who appreciate the blend of herbal and spicy notes with the sweet, tangy kick of the energy drink.

How Starry Night Tastes?

The Starry Night cocktail offers a complex flavor profile. It's spicy due to the cinnamon schnapps, while the herbal notes from the Jagermeister provide depth. The energy drink adds a tangy sweetness that balances the stronger flavors, resulting in a bold, yet surprisingly harmonious taste.

Interesting facts about Starry Night

  • The Starry Night cocktail is not a traditional or classic drink but rather a contemporary creation.
  • It is often served in bars that play up the 'starry' aspect with dark, cosmic-themed decor.
  • The drink's name and its association with nightlife make it a popular choice for themed parties and events.


GoldSchlager Cinnamon Schnapps

This fiery addition provides a spicy cinnamon kick that warms the palate. It also has real gold flakes that dazzle, making our cocktail worthy of its name - a true Starry Night. Too much could overpower the other flavors, too little and you miss the firework. If GoldSchlager is missing or you went overboard, the balance shifts, and with it, the cocktail's heart.

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Red Bull Energy Drink

The effervescence and taurine-laced tang give our Starry Night its wings, literally! It's the gusto behind the cocktail's energy burst. Not enough Red Bull could leave the drink flat, too much and you're hosting a frat party in a glass. Missing Red Bull? Swap in any energy drink but anticipate a change in flavor, especially if it's a flavored variety.

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Jagermeister Herbal Liqueur

With its 56 herbs and spices, Jagermeister adds complexity and a whisper of mystery. It's like the night sky's endless depth; without Jager, our cocktail would be less intriguing, lacking in depth. It's important to get the measure just right—not an overpowering herbal eclipse, nor a faint, forgettable speck.

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Recipe. How to make Starry Night Drink

  1. Chill a highball glass.
  2. Pour 0.5 oz of GoldSchlager Cinnamon Schnapps into the glass.
  3. Add 0.5 oz of Jagermeister Herbal Liqueur.
  4. Top with 2-3 oz of Red Bull Energy Drink.
  5. Stir gently to mix the ingredients.
  6. Garnish with a twist of orange peel to accentuate the citrus notes.

Pro Tips

  • Chill the glass: Serving the cocktail in a chilled glass enhances the flavors and the overall experience.
  • Layering: Pour the energy drink slowly to create a layering effect that mimics a 'starry' sky.
  • Garnish: The orange peel garnish not only adds to the presentation but also provides a fresh aroma that complements the spicy and herbal notes.

Perfect Pairings


  • Meaty Delights: Salty, savory snacks like bacon-wrapped dates or mini sausage rolls complement the herbaceous and spicy notes perfectly.
  • Cheese Platters: A board with aged cheeses such as Gouda or Sharp Cheddar cuts through the sweetness and balances the intense flavors.
  • Spicy Asian Cuisine: Try this cocktail with spicy sushi rolls or a hot Thai curry to accentuate the spicy kick from the GoldSchlager.


  • Dark Chocolate: A piece of bittersweet chocolate will pair nicely, contrasting the sweetness and enhancing the depth of flavors.
  • Fruit Tarts: Citrus or berry tarts add a refreshing and tangy edge that can balance out the drink's intensity.

Non-Alcoholic Pairings

  • Citrus-Infused Water: To cleanse the palate between sips and bites.
  • Ginger Ale: As a milder carbonated alternative that keeps the zestiness in theme.

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What you could change in Starry Night

  • GoldSchlager Cinnamon Schnapps: Can be substituted with any quality cinnamon schnapps.
  • Red Bull Energy Drink: Any other brand of energy drink can be used, though the flavor profile might slightly change.
  • Jagermeister Herbal Liqueur: A different herbal liqueur could be used, but Jagermeister's unique taste is a key component of this cocktail.

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Midnight Citrus

  • Substitute Red Bull with Limoncello: Soften the energy kick with a citrusy, sweet liqueur that will make the schnapps and Jägermeister dance under a lemon moonlight.

Fire & Frost

  • Add a splash of Blue Curacao: Not only does it change the color to a deep, mystic blue, but the orange flavor complements the cinnamon and herbal notes, while providing a cool contrast.

Golden Dawn

  • Mix in a teaspoon of honey: Before you add your Red Bull, dissolve some honey for natural sweetness and a silky texture. This will round out the sharper edges of Jägermeister and strengthen the 'golden' in our night.

In case you forgot basics how to make Starry Night

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 Starry Night

How should I measure the ingredients to ensure the right cocktail balance?

Use a jigger or a measuring shot glass to accurately measure the liquid ingredients. Precision is key for maintaining the intended flavor profile.

Is it necessary to use a highball glass for the Starry Night cocktail?

While not mandatory, a highball glass is recommended to appreciate the layering effect and presentation of the cocktail.

Can the Starry Night cocktail be batched for a large party?

Batching is possible, but it's better to mix individual servings to ensure the layers and carbonation of the energy drink are preserved for the best experience.

How do I create the layered effect mentioned in the pro tips?

Pour the ingredients gently and in the order specified in the recipe. The differences in liquid density will naturally create the layered effect.

What are some common garnishes for cocktails similar to the Starry Night?

Cinnamon sticks, star anise, or even edible glitter can enhance the visual theme of cocktails like the Starry Night.

What is the ideal setting to serve the Starry Night cocktail?

The Starry Night cocktail is perfect for evening events, themed parties, and nightclubs where its dramatic presentation can be showcased.

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