Today marks the 40th Anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s and Buzz Aldrin’s historic, 1969 walk on the Moon. The Apollo 11 mission was the first manned mission to land on the Moon. Commander Armstrong and Lunar Module Pilot Edwin Eugene “Buzz” Aldrin, Jr. became the first humans to walk on the Moon, while Command Module Pilot Michael Collins orbited above.
When the astronauts returned to earth, they chowed down on real food (no more of those squeeze-meals-in-a-tube, thank you very much). Their first cocktail included Grand Marnier, in a libation created by Joe Gilmore, the head barman at the Savoy Hotel in London, to mark the first manned moon landing. It was dubbed the Moonwalk, a term made nationally famous in 1983 by Michael Jackson during his performance of “Billie Jean” on the televised Motown 25th Anniversary Special (broadcast May 16, 1983).
Jackson did not originate the move; it was already being performed by street dancers and called the backslide. He renamed the backslide the moonwalk, although there was already a different step called the moonwalk. Dance as you drink—here’s the cocktail recipe:
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