Skeleton Key Cocktail Recipe

For those who enjoy a generous splash of bitters, the Skeleton Key cocktail is the key to your heart.

Skeleton key cocktail recipe

The original cocktail was created by Travis Fourmont, head bartender at Michael Symon’s Roast in Detroit, and modified to reduce the amount of bitters. The original calls for 8 dashes – so if you’re a fan, don’t be shy about adding some more.

“I served it for a couple of days before I came up with the name. The rusty color of the drink made me think of the skeleton keys that opened the old locks in my grandparents house.”

Skeleton key cocktail recipe 1 for those who enjoy a generous splash of bitters, the skeleton key cocktail is the key to your heart.

Skeleton Key Cocktail

Michael Kahn
For those truly sophisticated souls, this well-balanced bourbon cocktail featuring elderflower liqueur and ginger beer is the right way to kick off your frightful night.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Cocktail
Servings 1 cocktail
Calories 276 kcal



  • 1 1/2 ounces Bourbon
  • 1 ounce Elderflower Liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce Lemon Juice Freshly squeezed
  • 5 ounces Ginger Beer The strong kind with bits of ginger
  • 5 dashes Angostura Bitters


  • Fill a Tom Collins glass with ice.
  • Pour in the bourbon, elderflower, and lemon juice in that order.
  • Top with the ginger beer.
  • Add bitters on top.
  • Use your straw to gently stir, leaving the ingredients not fully mixed. Serve.


Serving: 1gCalories: 276kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 10mgSugar: 24gVitamin C: 5mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Bourbon, Elderflower liqueur, Ginger beer
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