Moon Shot Drink

Moonshot Drink

Originally Posted On October 29, 2023 and Last Updated On

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This Moonshot drink recipe is not for the faint of heart. This bold and fiery cocktail combines the richness of gin, the brininess of clam juice, and the kick of Tabasco sauce to create a unique flavor explosion that’s out of this world, hence the name as well.

At least that is my take on it, but I really don’t know where this drink originated, but it’s not all that bad for a simple three ingredient one.

Moon Shot Drink Recipe

Moon Shot Drink

Moon Shot Drink Recipe

Yield: 1 Serving
Prep Time: 2 seconds
Cook Time: 2 seconds
Total Time: 2 seconds

The Moon Shot Drink is a bit briny with the clam juice ingredient, and sure to clear your senses with the Tabasco sauce. This is a simple 3 ingredient drink that is easy to make and can even help with hangovers!


  • 2 oz Gin
  • 3 oz Clam Juice
  • 1 dash Tabasco


  1. Fill your mixing glass with cracked ice.
  2. Pour 2 oz (60 ml) of gin into the glass.
  3. Add 3 oz (90 ml) of clam juice.
  4. Finish with a dash of Tabasco sauce for that fiery kick.
  5. Stir the mixture well to ensure all the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  6. Strain the Moonshot into a chilled old-fashioned glass.


No garnish is really needed, but If you want something unique, a skewer with a pickled clam.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 1 Serving Size 5 ounces
Amount Per Serving Calories 160Carbohydrates 4gSugar 1g

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Notes on Ingredients and Brands:

  • For the gin, we recommend using a quality London Dry gin like Tanqueray or Beefeater, known for their juniper-forward profiles.
  • Ensure you have fresh clam juice for an authentic taste. Quality brands like Bar Harbor or Crown Prince are great choices.
  • Tabasco sauce adds heat, so use it sparingly to suit your spice preference. Tabasco Original is a popular choice.
Measurement (ML)Measurement (Ounces)Ingredient
60 ml2 ozGin
90 ml3 ozClam Juice
1 dash1 dashTabasco Sauce

Bar Equipment

You’ll need the following bar tools and glassware to make our Moon Shot Cocktail:

  • Mixing Glass
  • Stirring Spoon
  • Old-Fashioned Glass
  • Ice Cubes

How to Make This Drink

Crafting a Moon Shot Drink is a straightforward process that begins by loading your mixing glass with cracked or crushed ice. Next, introduce 2 oz (60 ml) of gin into the glass, followed by 3 oz (90 ml) of clam juice for that briny richness.

To elevate the heat and add a touch of excitement, don’t forget the dash of Tabasco sauce. Stir the drink enough to combine all the ingredients, then strain the contents into a chilled old-fashioned glass, and you’re ready to enjoy a bold, briny, and fiery cocktail.

Drink Details

  • Drink Type: Cocktail
  • Serving Size: 1 cocktail
  • ABV (Alcohol by Volume): Approximately 15%

Nutritional Information (Approximate values):

  • Calories: 160
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Carbs: 4g
moonshot next to a bottle of Tabasco sauce

Serving and Presentation

Serve the Moonshot in a chilled old-fashioned glass. The garnish is optional, but you can enhance the presentation with a lemon twist or a pickled clam garnish.

bartender making moonshot drink

Similar Drinks

If you enjoy the Moonshot, you might also like these fiery and adventurous cocktails:

  1. Bloody Mary: A classic brunch cocktail with tomato juice, vodka, and a spicy blend of seasonings.
  2. Michelada: A Mexican favorite featuring beer, lime juice, and hot sauce for a zesty and refreshing experience.
  3. Red Snapper: Similar to a Bloody Mary but with gin for a unique twist on a classic.
  4. Vampiro: A tequila-based cocktail with a spicy kick from hot sauce, ideal for those who love bold flavors.
  5. Devil’s Share: A smoky and spicy bourbon cocktail with a complex flavor profile for the adventurous spirit.

Each of these drinks offers a bold and spicy flavor profile that will excite your taste buds in its unique way.

About the Author

  • Bill Allen

    I'm Bill Allen, the guy behind this site. I've been a bartender, bar owner and sitting on both sides of a bar for almost 35 years, so I have some experience in the whole mixology scene. And now I'm just building out my site with as much helpful content as I can share with you.

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