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

Tasting Notes

The Moonshot Drink offers a unique combination of flavors. It’s briny from the clam juice, herbaceous from the gin, and packs a punch of heat from the Tabasco sauce. This cocktail is both savory and spicy, making it an exciting sip for those with an adventurous palate.


If you’re seeking alternatives, you can explore non-alcoholic versions by replacing gin with a botanical non-alcoholic spirit. For milder heat, choose a milder hot sauce in place of Tabasco.

History of the Moonshot Drink

The Moonshot Drink’s origin is somewhat shrouded in mystery, but it’s believed to have been created as a bold and unconventional experiment. Its name, a nod to the historic Apollo 11 moon landing, signifies a leap into the unknown and a journey to uncharted flavor territories.

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.


The briny and spicy nature of the Moonshot pairs well with seafood dishes, particularly oysters, and seafood platters. It’s also a great companion for spicy appetizers.

bartender making moonshot drink

Tips and Tricks

  • Experiment with the amount of Tabasco to find your preferred level of spiciness.
  • Ensure your clam juice is cold to maintain the overall chill of the drink.
  • Don’t rush the stirring process; it’s essential for the flavors to meld properly.

Responsible Drinking: Always enjoy alcoholic beverages responsibly. The Moonshot Drink is spirited, so be mindful of its potency. It’s important to know your limits and never drink and drive.

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.

Final Thoughts

The Moonshot Drink is a thrilling adventure for your taste buds. It combines unexpected ingredients to deliver a complex, briny, and spicy experience. Whether you’re looking for a unique conversation starter or a bold new favorite, this cocktail is worth the journey.

So, go ahead, take a sip, and let the Moonshot transport your taste buds to uncharted territories. And don’t forget to comment below and let us know what you think of the drink, or any tweaks you made to make it better!

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  • 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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