Halley's Comet Cocktail Recipe

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Halley's Comet Nutrition Facts


Fat:0 g

Protein:0.5 g

Carbohydrates:20 g

Alcohol %:20

Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Halley's Comet cocktail is a delightful concoction named after the famous comet that passes by Earth every 75-76 years. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy a sweet and fruity drink with a bit of a kick. It's a great choice for parties, especially on a starry night when you can toast to the celestial bodies above.

How Halley's Comet Tastes?

The Halley's Comet cocktail is a sweet and fruity drink with a hint of citrus. The combination of peach schnapps and orange juice gives it a refreshing, tropical taste, while the vodka adds a strong kick to balance out the sweetness.

Interesting facts about Halley's Comet

  • The cocktail is named after Halley's Comet, one of the most famous comets that is visible from Earth.
  • It's a great cocktail for summer parties due to its refreshing, fruity taste.
  • Despite its sweet taste, it has a strong alcohol content due to the vodka.


A few good options for Halley's Comet are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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The vodka is the neutral backbone of the cocktail, providing a clean canvas for the other flavors. At 1.5 oz, it's just enough to give the cocktail a kick without overpowering it. Removing the vodka would result in a mocktail. Alternatives include white rum for a sweeter taste or gin for a botanical twist.

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Peach Schnapps

Peach Schnapps adds a sweet and fruity layer to the cocktail. 1 oz gives a nice balance without turning the drink too syrupy. Skipping it would make the drink less complex, but you could use apricot brandy for a bit of a punch.

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Orange Juice

The 4 oz of Orange Juice provides the dominant citrus flavor and a bit of tartness that balances the sweetness of the schnapps. Fewer juices would yield a stronger drink, while more would dilute it. Alternative citrus juices like pineapple or mango could offer a tropical swing.

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Grenadine gives a touch of sweetness and creates the signature reddish gradient, like a comet's tail. At 0.5 oz, the effect is visually stunning without being too sweet. Without it, the cocktail loses its namesake aesthetic. Pomegranate juice could be an alternative for a natural sweetness.

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Ice Cubes

Essential for chilling the drink without diluting its flavors, as needed. Too much ice can water down the drink, while too little won't chill it properly. Crushed ice could be a fun twist for a slushy-like texture.

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Orange Slice and Maraschino Cherry

Adds a pop of color and a hint of fruitiness when you bite into them. They're also the cosmic garnishes that symbolize the comet in the cocktail universe!

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Recipe. How to make Halley's Comet Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add the vodka, peach schnapps, and orange juice to the shaker.
  3. Shake well until the mixture is chilled.
  4. Strain the mixture into a highball glass filled with ice.
  5. Slowly pour the grenadine into the glass. It will sink to the bottom, creating a beautiful layered effect.
  6. Garnish with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry.

Pro Tips

  • Make sure to pour the grenadine slowly to create the layered effect.
  • Use fresh orange juice for the best taste.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Grilled Seafood: The citrus notes of the orange juice in the Halley's Comet cocktail complement the light and fresh flavors of grilled fish or shrimp.
  • Poultry Dishes: Consider serving with chicken dishes that have a fruity or sweet component, which will resonate with the peach and orange flavors.
  • Cheese Platter: A selection of mild cheeses would pair well without overpowering the cocktail's delicate balance.

Drink Pairings

  • Sparkling Water: For a non-alcoholic pairing, sparkling water is a refreshing choice that cleanses the palate between sips of the cocktail.
  • Light Beers: A light lager or pilsner can accompany the cocktail for those who enjoy alternating between spirits and brews.
  • Fruity Iced Tea: A non-alcoholic option with a similar fruity profile to the Halley's Comet that complements rather than competes.

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What you could change in Halley's Comet

  • If you don't have peach schnapps, you can use peach liqueur or peach brandy.
  • You can substitute the orange juice with pineapple juice for a more tropical flavor.

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Blue Comet

  • Replace grenadine with blue curaçao.
  • The drink will have a stunning blue gradient and a citrusy twist due to the curaçao.
  • The Blue Comet is the mystical cousin of our beloved Halley's, with its otherworldly hue and a hint of orangey intrigue.

Spicy Comet

  • Add a splash of Tabasco or a slice of jalapeño to the shaker.
  • The result is a drink with a fiery kick that'll take your taste buds on a wild ride through the cosmos.
  • For those daring space explorers who like a little heat in their journey, the Spicy Comet is your ticket.

Elderflower Comet

  • Use elderflower liqueur instead of peach schnapps.
  • The drink will gain floral notes and a different layer of complexity.
  • The Elderflower Comet brings an elegant floral bouquet to your interstellar adventures. Cheers to sophistication in the starry night!

In case you forgot basics how to make Halley's Comet

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Halley's Comet

What's the best type of vodka to use for a Halley's Comet?

Any quality vodka will work in a Halley’s Comet cocktail. The key is to use a vodka that you enjoy. Top shelf brands like Grey Goose and Smirnoff are often recommended.

How can I make my Halley's Comet cocktail less fruity?

You can adjust the amount of peach schnapps and orange juice to suit your taste. Lessening these amounts will reduce the fruitiness of the cocktail.

Do I have to garnish with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry?

While the traditional garnish for a Halley’s Comet cocktail is an orange slice and a maraschino cherry, you can certainly experiment with other garnishes if you prefer.

Can Halley's Comet cocktail be served at room temperature?

It's best to serve the Halley's Comet cocktail chilled, to enhance the refreshing fruity flavors. Room temperature might not give the desired taste.

Can I make a batch of Halley's Comet cocktail in advance?

Yes, you can premix everything but the grenadine and garnishes. Store it in the fridge, and add the grenadine and garnishes just before serving.

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