|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 34g||12%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||0%|
|Total Sugars 31g|
|Vitamin C 6mg||30%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Are you ready for a fun, spicy, and rather interesting cocktail? This skeleton key is easy to mix up, and its unusual elements—and orange color—make it perfect for any Halloween party. The name helps, too, as it calls to mind the color of a rusted skeleton key, and that, coupled with its ingredients, make it unusual enough to qualify for serving at Halloween-themed activities. A bartender who worked at Michael Symon's restaurant Roast in Detroit is credited with inventing this drink.
There are many appealing aspects to this unique, contemporary 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 sipping it through a straw is recommended. You still get the taste of 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 unusual and extraordinary, so why not?
1 1/4 ounces bourbon whiskey
3/4 ounce elderflower liqueur
1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 to 5 ounces ginger beer
8 dashes bitters
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
Build the bourbon, elderflower liqueur, and lemon juice in a collins glass filled with ice.
Top it off with ginger beer.
Garnish with bitters.
Serve with a straw and enjoy.
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).
- Don't be tempted to use ginger ale for this recipe; it simply doesn't have the spicy kick that a ginger beer does. There are quite a few versions of ginger beer that are manufactured specifically for use in cocktails, such as Fever-Tree, Q Mixers, Reed's, or Maine Root. Most of these brands are available in supermarkets and from mass merchandisers.
- Adding the bitters on the top is key to this recipe. They float on the top and gradually settle into the drink, creating a spooky effect as it travels.