Activated Charcoal Cocktails: Black Is the New Black

With Halloween approaching, it’s time to embrace the dark side with activated charcoal cocktails.

Activated Charcoal Cocktails

Also known as activated carbon or coconut ash, activated charcoal is said to have detoxifying and purifying effects and can assist in a range of health conditions from reducing bloating to treating poisoning and whitening teeth. But let’s face it, you’re not drinking cocktails for their health benefits.

Activated charcoal has the potential to negatively affect the absorption of medication so it’s best to use with care. You can buy it from health food stores in powder or tablet form.

In cocktails, activated charcoal doesn’t add any flavour when it’s used in very small amounts. It gives the drink its visual appeal with a jet black appearance and a goth element. The ingredient has been touted as a hot cocktail trend, an alternative to using squid ink in cocktails which imparts a briny note to the drink.

Activated charcoal cocktails are ideal for Halloween and Day of the Dead celebrations. Embrace the dark side with the jet black colour of ‘Black Is the New Black’ cocktail, a riff on Tommy’s Margarita with mezcal for a hint of smoke, blackberries and activated charcoal.

Activated Charcoal Cocktails: Black Is the New Black


  • 45 ml tequila blanco
  • 15 m mezcal
  • 15 ml lime juice
  • 10 ml agave syrup
  • 6 blackberries
  • ¼ barspoon activated charcoal powder

Glassware: coupette
Garnish: orchid or edible flower


Add all the ingredients including the blackberries to a cocktail shaker and shake over ice until very cold. Double strain into a chilled coupette and garnish with an orchid or edible flower.

Other activated charcoal cocktails: La Diabolita

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Activated Charcoal Cocktails: Black Is the New Black was last modified: October 26th, 2017 by Corinne Mossati
Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of Cocktails & Bars and popular online magazine Gourmantic. She is named in the Australian Bartender Magazine Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The World’s 50 Best Bars Academy who judges the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions. Read the full bio here.