Blue Moon – Make This Tasty 1940s Crosby Gaige Recipe

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Blue Moon Cocktail
Blue Moon Cocktail

This is not the original Blue Moon recipe; this is a 1940s variation made by Crosby Gaige that is essentially a dry Aviation. The original recipe is from Hugo Ensslin’s Recipes for Mixed Drinks. It is the same as the Yale Cocktail recipe in this app, except that it used Creme Yvette instead of Creme de Violette. I find the use of Creme Yvette interesting as it’s red, not blue, and, oddly, this variation was made in 1940s America, as Creme de Violette was not available in the United States then. Unfortunately, these are oddities I do not have answers for.


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Blue Moon

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Course: DrinksCuisine: American






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Learn how to make a classic Blue Moon cocktail.


  • 2/3 oz Lemon Juice

  • 1 oz Creme De Violette

  • 2 oz Dry Gin


  • Combine all ingredients in the shaker. Add ice to the shaker.
  • Vigorously shake till the shaker is ice cold and frosted.
  • Strain into glass to remove ice shards.


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