Air Force One Cocktail

Air Force One Cocktail with Hpnotiq Liqueur

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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
338 Calories
1g Fat
53g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
Amount per serving
Calories 338
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 10mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 53g 19%
Dietary Fiber 8g 28%
Protein 3g
Calcium 78mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Quick and simple, the Air Force One cocktail is one of those refreshing highball drinks that are super easy to mix up. This one just happens to be a blue drink, too! Those are always fun and you can expect some familiar fruity flavors inside this glass.

Master Mixologist and author of "Market-Fresh Mixology," Bridget Albert, created the Air Force One cocktail for the historic inauguration of President Barack Obama. It's a simple mixed drink that holds the beautiful blue hue of Hpnotiq Liqueur, which is mixed with your favorite citrus vodka and topped with lemon-lime soda. The color and refreshing taste make this a delightful drink for any day of the year and the name ensures it's a perfect fit for the Fourth of July or any other patriotic holiday.


  • 2 ounces Hpnotiq Liqueur
  • 1 ounce citrus vodka
  • 1 lemon wedge (juiced)
  • 3​ ounces ​lemon-lime soda (or more to fill glass)
  • Garnish: lemon spiral

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a tall glass filled with ice, pour the Hpnotiq and citrus vodka. Squeeze in the juice of a lemon wedge.

  3. Fill with lemon-lime soda and stir well.

  4. Garnish with a lemon spiral.

  5. Serve and enjoy!


  • Citrus is one of the most popular flavors of vodka available so you should have no problems finding a few options at any liquor store. Typically a blend of citrus fruits, you can also opt for a vodka that's strictly lemon or orange.
  • For a drink like this, top-shelf is not required. Go with a budget-friendly vodka and save a little money.

Recipe Variations

  • Switch from lemon-lime soda to another lightly flavored soda if you like. Ginger ale is a nice option. Club soda will create a drier drink, or you could go with citrus-flavored sparkling water.
  • This is a great recipe to mix up by the pitcher for a picnic or barbecue. Simply pour 2 parts of Hpnotiq, 1 part citrus vodka, and toss in a few lemon slices. Store it in the refrigerator until you're ready to serve, then finish it off with 3 parts soda.
  • Though the basic flavor will change from Hpnotiq's blend of tropical fruit, there are a couple of other blue spirits that will work in this cocktail. UV Blue Vodka is a great choice and flavored with sweet raspberries. The alternative is blue curaçao liqueur, which is orange flavored and much sweeter (almost syrupy) than the other two.

How Strong Is an Air Force One Cocktail?

This cocktail is not only beautiful and refreshing, but it's also pleasantly light. On average, its alcohol content should be 10 percent ABV (20 proof), making it similar to drinking a glass of wine.