Comet Cocktail

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There are approximately 155 calories in one serving of Comet Cocktail.

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Comet Cocktail image

Serve in a

Coupe glass


Grapefruit zest twist

How to make:

SHAKE all ingredients with ice and fine strain into chilled glass.

1 1/2 fl oz Cognac
1/4 fl oz Triple sec liqueur (40%)
1/4 fl oz Drambuie liqueur
1 fl oz Grapefruit juice (pink)
1 dash Angostura Aromatic Bitters

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This riff on the Sidecar is lighter, less tart, and altogether more approachable than the original, but some may find it lacks the original’s cleansing zesty bite.


Created in 1952 by Eddie "King Cocktail" Clarke at the Albany Club, Albermarle Street, London, England to honour the first ever jet aircraft to fly a commercial route. The de Havilland DH 106 Comet was developed and manufactured by de Havilland at its Hatfield Aerodrome, Hertfordshire, England. The Comet 1 prototype, registered G-ALYP (“Yoke Peter") first flew on 27th July 1949. This same aircraft, on 2nd May 1952 took off from London bound for Johannesburg on a scheduled BOAC service as the world's first jetliner flight with fare-paying passengers.

Eddie Clarke’s original recipe called for Van der Hum, a South African orange liqueur, undoubtedly selected by Eddie due to the destination of that inaugural flight. The use of equal parts triple sec and Drambuie is an accepted substitution and works well.

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