Are you ready for a fun, spicy, and rather interesting cocktail? This Skeleton Key is easy to mix up and it's perfect for any Halloween party.
There are many appealing aspects of this unique drink. It begins with a combination of bourbon whiskey and elderflower liqueur. The spiciness begins with ginger beer and it is the healthy dose of bitters that brings this cocktail into the spooktacular realm.
There are two ways to drink this one. To get the full flavor of the bitters, sip it without a straw. However, that is probably going to be too bold for the majority of tastes, so a straw is recommended. You still get the bitters, it is simply diluted into the rest of the drink. Give the bitters top a taste, though. It's fun and Halloween is for the strange and extraordinary, so why not?
Gather the ingredients.
Top it off with ginger beer.
Garnish with bitters.
Serve with a straw.
Recipe courtesy: Travis Fourmont, head bartender at Michael Symon's Roast in Detroit
How Strong Is the Skeleton Key?
It's always difficult to gauge the alcohol content of soda topped mixed drinks because you may pour more ginger beer to taste. The average Collins glass will take about a 6-ounce drink plus ice, so that would leave the Skeleton Key at around 21 percent ABV (42 proof).