Horror Movie-Inspired Cocktails: The Drowned Rat

The final installment in our series of horror movie-inspired Halloween cocktails: The Drowned Rat. Inspired by the classic 1971 horror flick Willard, this fiendish cocktail is a fitting tribute to the furry stars of the film, resembling a rat that encounters a grisly end at the bottom of a cup of sewer sludge. But this macabre trick is an actual treat—the libation features hints of chocolate and creamy stout beer. And the rat tail? A simple roasted beet.


More Horror Movie-Inspired Cocktails:
• The Spider Bite (inspired by Arachnophobia)
The Eel Charmer (inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein) 


drowned rat halloween cocktail by kelli hall for minted, guiness float with roasted beet rat tail
roasted beet rat tail garnish for halloween cocktailRoasted beet tails make the perfect rat-rump garnish.

drowned rat halloween cocktail by kelli hall for minted, guiness float with roasted beet rat tail

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The Drowned Rat
This rodent-themed cocktail shows off the full-bodied, malty flavors of Guinness stout combined with velvety chocolate gelato. Not for nuzzling, this frightful float is only for guzzling.

• 2 heaping scoops of chocolate gelato (I used Talenti Fudge Brownie)
• 1 can of Guinness
• 1 oz Godiva chocolate liqueur
• Drizzle of chocolate syrup

Drop a scoop or two of the gelato in the glass (be sure to pack enough gelato to support the rat-tail garnish). Add the severed rat tail (recipe below); our furry friend should be well-wedged against the mound of gelato. Pour the liqueur and chocolate syrup over the ice cream. Lastly, drown the rat in Guinness and enjoy your float. Bottoms up!

drowned rat halloween cocktail by kelli hall for minted, guiness float with roasted beet rat tailA severed beet with just the right amount of frightful ooze.

drowned rat halloween cocktail by kelli hall for minted, guiness float with roasted beet rat tail

Rat Tail Garnish
• Several beets with long “tails”
• Aluminum foil

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Trim the stems from the beets, wash, pat dry, and blanket them in foil. Place the beet bundles in the oven and roast for about 20-30 minutes (roasting time varies depending on relative plumpness of your vegetables). Remove the beets from the oven and allow them to cool for 10 minutes. Unwrap and transfer to a cutting board. Using a sharp knife, separate the tail from the body of the beet. Slice on a diagonal to fit well in the glass. The freshly severed beet tail will ooze juice and bleed slightly, so drip a little on the drink edge for a grotesque effect. Place the rat tail on top of the gelato—imbibe and enjoy!

roasted beet rat tail for halloween cocktails
drowned rat halloween cocktail by kelli hall for minted, guiness float with roasted beet rat tailA roasted beet tail shrivels into a curvy rat tail.

drowned rat halloween cocktail by kelli hall for minted, guiness float with roasted beet rat tailA beet rat tail slowly bleeds out in a sludgy bath of Guinness.


More Halloween Cocktails:
The Spider Bite (inspired by Arachnophobia)
• The Eel Charmer (inspired by Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein)
• The Black Heart
• Swamp Swill Martini
• The Poisoned Apple

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

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