Lady in Red

The Story

According to Ghosts of Vancouver by Greg Mansfield, the current Hotel Vancouver is haunted by a benevolent and elegantly dressed “Lady in Red”. “She’s often spotted on the 14th floor, or in the ground floor lobby near the guest elevator. She sometimes passes through elevator doors on those floors and glides along the hallways. The ghost has been seen passing through disused, locked doors.
Some say the Lady in Red is the ghost of Jennie Pearl Cox. She was a Vancouver socialite who regularly attended the hotel’s ballroom dances in the early 1940s. Apparently, she took up eternal residence in the hotel after dying in a car accident in 1944. Whether she’s the spirit of Ms. Cox or not, the ghost is well known by the hotel’s staff”.


This cocktail was suggested by a friend, Peter Dobo who knows and loves his city. The funky old glass came from the Salvation Army Thrift Shop.

The Recipe

What you need

1 ½ oz Southern Comfort
1 ½ oz Grand Marnier
2 oz cranberry juice
Champagne (fill remainder of glass)

What you do 

Combine Southern Comfort, Grand Marnier and cranberry juice in a shaker. Add ice and SHAKE vigorously. STRAIN into chilled serving glass. Top with champagne. 
Garnish: Cranberries (optional)
Serve: Champagne flute
Style: Aperitif, celebration
Taste: Fizzy, off-dry

Patrick (Paddy) Moore

Patrick (Paddy) Moore is the author of the series Quarantinis, Eh? featuring cocktails that commemorate the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020-2021.

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