Holiday cocktail recipe: Comet's Cosmo by Q Bar at Fairmont Empress

You know Dasher and Dancer...but did you know Comet loves cocktails?

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We never fancied Santa's reindeer to be cocktail aficionados, and maybe all of them aren't, but according to Q Bar at the Fairmont Empress, Comet certainly is.

This seasonal spin on the classic Cosmo at the famed cocktail destination in Victoria, B.C. is served in a plastic ornament inside a martini glass. This kind of cocktail presentation has become very popular this holiday season thanks to TikTok.

If a Cosmo isn't your thing, then still make a batch of the cranberry rosemary simple syrup from this recipe and use it to add a festive touch to anything from icing to, of course, simple cocktails like highballs and the like.

Comet's Cosmo

1 1/2 oz good quality vodka
3/4 oz triple sec
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
1 oz cranberry rosemary syrup
1 dash Rootside Lemon Ginger Bitters, or comparable brand if you're outside of B.C.
edible glitter, for garnish, optional

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add all of the ingredients.

Shake well and strain into a chilled glass of your choice, a coupe or martini glass will work well. (Pictured above is a plastic Christmas bulb, a.k.a. "TikTok-style").

Serve immediately!

Cranberry rosemary syrup*

1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
4 cups white sugar
4 cups water
1/2 cup fresh rosemary sprigs, approximately 3 sprigs

Simmer cranberries, sugar and water until the cranberries have popped.

Next, add rosemary sprigs and simmer for 1 minute.

Remove from heat, cover and allow flavours to infuse for 1 hour.

Double strain into a container, cover and keep cool in fridge until ready to use. Will keep for up to 2 weeks.

*This simple syrup recipe has been adapted from its original format and quantity by Eat North.

1 cocktail
Prep Time:
5 minutes, plus 1 hour for simple syrup