Horror Movie-Inspired Cocktails: The Eel Charmer

Taking cues from my favorite classic horror movies, I’ve whipped up three Halloween concoctions that are guaranteed to make your skin crawl. First up, an homage to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in the form of a life-giving citrus elixir: The Eel Charmer. The recipe includes a hefty dose of zingy orange and a potent shot of bourbon to invigorate—all in the spirit of De Niro’s life-giving eel bath from the 1994 film.

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Keep reading for the recipe for The Eel Charmer

eel charmer frankenstien-inspired halloween cocktail by kelli hall, orange peel snake garnish The Eel Charmer
Make like Victor Frankenstein and conjure up this toast-worthy cocktail that features zesty orange flavors and a subtle-yet-spirited spark of bourbon. This eel-lectrifying cocktail is the perfect tribute to the Modern Prometheus (and is guaranteed to reanimate a tired corpse!).

• 3 ounces of bourbon
• 2 tsp honey
• 6 ounces tangerine juice (or fresh-squeezed orange juice)
• Splash of blood orange Italian soda
• Orange peel eel garnish

Combine first three ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Blend and pour into a glass. Add orange peel eel skewer (details below) and enjoy!

eel charmer frankenstien-inspired halloween cocktail by kelli hall An orange peel unwinds in a serpentine ‘S.’

eel charmer frankenstien-inspired halloween cocktail by kelli hall, orange peel snake garnish

Eel Garnish
It’s eel-live!!! An orange-peel garnish (with a bit of black food-coloring spray) coils around a wooden skewer and dips its tail in an electric-orange cocktail. Crafted from a freshly skinned navel orange, this eel garnish is surprisingly simple to make:

1. Peel off a strip of orange skin using a potato peeler and a navel orange. You can use any citrus fruit but a navel orange has the largest surface area for making a long strip of “eel flesh.”
2. Lay the strip of orange peel on a cutting board and split the segment down the center with a paring knife.
3. Place the orange strip pith-side down and spray with black color mist.
4. Once the color mist has dried, coil your peeled eel around a wooden skewer, piercing it near the head and center to of the body. You can coil the tail around the glass, or let it drag.
5. If made a day in advance, the eel skin will dry and shrivel (which looks just as creepy!)

eel charmer frankenstien-inspired halloween cocktail by kelli hall

Pop in a chunk of dry ice to enhance the electrifying alchemist vibe!

Resources:
Lustered Highball Glass
Colormist Food Spray (black)


More Halloween Cocktails:
The Black Heart
Swamp Swill Martini
The Poisoned Apple

More from Minted:
Halloween Party Invitations
Halloween Party Online Invitations
Halloween Party Decorations

Find more of Kelli on her blog.

2   COMMENTS
  1. Kim Dietrich Elam

    Love the look of this, Kelli. And it sounds tasty, too!

  2. Kim Dietrich Elam

    also, very cool cocktail name 🙂