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The Skeleton Key Cocktail Recipe

Jan 01, 1970 | Post By Brodey Sheppard
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It might be obvious because of the name, but this particular drink revolves around Halloween. Unlike many other themed cocktails, this particular drink is extremely complex, and the ginger beer certainly takes it to another level.

The drink also contains much more bitters than ever, and possibly contains more bitters than any other famous drink out there. This particular cocktail was invented in Detroit by Travis Fourmont, who is the head bartender at a celebrated Detroit steakhouse named Michael Symon’s. The blood red portion of the drink is what gives the “spooky” feel of the cocktail.


  • 1 ¼ ounces of Corner Creek bourbon
  • ¾ ounce of St. Germain liqueur
  • ½ ounce of fresh lemon juice
  • 3-5 ounces of ginger beer
  • 8 dashes of Angostura bitters
  • Ice


  1. Build the bourbon, liqueur, and lemon juice in a Collins glass filled with ice.
  2. Top off with ginger beer (as desired).
  3. Garnish with the 8 dashes of Angostura bitters.
  4. Serve with a straw.


  • Collins glass
  • Straw

The ginger beer and bitters truly separate the cocktail, and make it a great Halloween drink that has a colorful and spooky red color to it. Those who prepare the drink for guests can adjust the ginger beer and bitters slightly to make room for the preferences of the party. The drink is relatively new, compared to other theme-based cocktails, so it could provide something new and fresh to the function. It should also be noted that Travis Fourmont actually ended up winning the 2012 Halloween Cocktail competition. A “skeleton key” in general is a serrated master key that can open numerous locks. One of the reasons why the term is now linked to Halloween is because it was the name of a 2005 supernatural horror movie based in Louisiana. Whether you are celebrating Halloween or simply want to bring a spooky vibe to your guests, serve the Skeleton Key today!


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Brodey is an enthusiastic marketing and advertising strategest out of the Sunshine Coast, Australia. Brodey has always been passionate about liquor and alcohol in general. You will find Brodey on the weekends either out on the football pitch kicking goals or down the lake with a glass of wine.


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