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Yes, You Can Drink Charcoal! 3 Halloween Cocktails Prove It

on 30/10/14 at 11:20 am


indexIf you want to create a black-hued cocktail, the go-to colorant is squid ink. That’s fine if you’re okay with a salty, briny cocktail (like this ebony take on a martini). But if you want, say, a black-as-night gimlet, you probably don’t want the flavor of the ocean to take over your fresh, limey drink. Enter charcoal. Just a small amount of charcoal from over-the-counter activated charcoal capsules can turn any cocktail into a spooky, eerily black Halloween drink in seconds—without adding any flavor.

Here, three midnight-colored cocktails from three innovative bars.

Death Before Dinner; Zentan, Washington DC
According to bartender Matt Allred, drinking this eerie but refreshing take on a Hemingway daiquiri won’t just make you look cool, it will also help minimize a hangover thanks to charcoal’s purifying elements. To make the Death Before Dinner, shake 1 1/4 ounces Flor de Cana 4 Year Old rum with a pinch of activated charcoal, 3/4 ounce grapefruit juice, 1/2 ounce lime juice, 1/4 ounce orgeat and 1/4 ounce Maraschino liqueur, then strain into a coupe and garnish with a grapefruit twist.