Amber Moon

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Amber Moon
Type Cocktail
Primary alcohol by volume
Served Straight up; without ice
Standard drinkware
Highball Glass (Tumbler).svg
Highball glass
Commonly used ingredients
Preparation Crack an egg into a tall glass, leaving the yolk unbroken. Pour in whiskey. Add Tabasco to taste, or serve on the side.
Notes This cocktail may also be blended

An Amber Moon is a cocktail containing Tabasco sauce, raw egg, and whiskey[1] or sometimes vodka.[2] The drink is similar to a Prairie oyster, but has fewer ingredients and includes alcohol.[3] It is therefore intended more as a "pick me up" or "hair of the dog" hangover remedy.[4]

The Amber Moon is featured in the 1974 film Murder on the Orient Express, based on the 1934 novel by Agatha Christie. In the film, the butler Mr. Beddoes, played by John Gielgud, brings this drink to his employer, Mr. Ratchett, just prior to the discovery of the murder. Beddoes knocks on the door of the dead man's train compartment and announces "Your Amber Moon, Mr. Ratchett." The drink is shown as a whole raw egg in a highball glass half-full of vodka, served with a spoon and bottle of Tabasco on the side.[5] Beddoes is later questioned about the death of Ratchett by Hercule Poirot and relates "His breakfast was his amber moon. He never rose until it had had its full effect."[6]

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  1. ^ Dictionary of Mixed Drinks & Cocktails Recipes at, retrieved 19-Jun-2012
  2. ^ Amber Moon at, retrieved 19-Jun-2012
  3. ^ Wondrich, David. "Prairie Oyster". Esquire. 
  4. ^ Hair of the dog on MedTerms
  5. ^ Movie Quotes at
  6. ^ Murder on the Orient Express script at script-o-rama, retrieved 19-Jun-2012