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Charcoal Activated Cocktails

Do you love to sip on unique looking cocktails? If we’re honest, drinks taste a little better when they have a fun aesthetic flare. right? Trending now is the practice of using activated charcoal in cocktails. Why? Doing this turns the cocktail black, which makes for an incredibly interesting drinking experience!

As an added benefit, activated charcoal is well known in Chinese medicine as a detoxifying agent and a boost to digestive health; it’ll alleviate gas, reduce cholesterol levels, and it’ll whiten teeth. Some say the positive effects of activated charcoal will even help eliminate a hangover. No wonder it’s the latest cocktail microtrend today! Here are some of our favorite charcoal activated cocktails.


Death Before Dinner (As Seen at Zentan in Washington DC)

Shake 1 ¼ ounces Flor de Cana 4 year old rum with a pinch of activated charcoal, ¾ ounce grapefruit juice, ½ ounce lime juice, ¼ ounce orgeat and ¼ ounce Maraschino liqueur, and then strain the cocktail into a coupe. For a beautiful pop of color, garnish the drink with a grapefruit twist!


Absolut Kelly (As Seen at 2nd Floor on Clinton in NYC)

Muddle two lime wedges with a shiso leaf in a cocktail shaker with 1 ¬Ω ounce simple syrup and 4 drops of Mastiha water. Add ice along with 1 ¬Ω ounces Absolut vodka, ¬Ω ounce Becherovka (a bitter, herbal liqueur), 1 ounce lime juice, 1 ounce yuzu juice, 3 drops Hella Citrus Bitters and 100 mg activated charcoal powder. Shake vigorously before straining over ice in a highball glass.


Black Mamba Margarita (As Seen at The Carbon Bar in Toronto)

First create a charcoal infused tequila by adding 2 tablespoons of activated charcoal powder to a full bottle of tequila, and then shake. Then, in a shaker full of ice, shake 1 ½ ounces charcoal infused tequila with 1 ½ St-Germain, ¾ ounce lime juice and two dashes orange bitters. Strain the mixture into a rocks glass filled with ice and spritz with three sprays of Bowmore Scotch.


Black Tie White Noise at Beauty & Essex

This concoction made with Gentleman Jack, Bruichladdich Port Charlotte Scotch, simple syrup, lemon, yellow chartreuse, Angostura Bitters, and one capsule of activated charcoal. Shake vigorously and serve chilled in a coupe.


Fade to Black at David Burke Kitchen

This cocktail made with charcoal infused rum: simply dissolve a tablespoon of raw activated charcoal powder in a bottle of Starr Ultra Superior Light rum. Once it’s ready, the rum is mixed with ginger syrup, lemon and lime juices and simple syrup in a shaker while the chartreuse is ignited with a flame in a different glass. Blend it all together pretty thoroughly, and garnish in a rocks glass with a sprig of rosemary.





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