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4 Charcoal Cocktails to Try Right Now

These black drinks are popping up on menus all over town


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Step aside, bright blues and pinks—the newest cocktails are going black thanks to activated charcoal, a flavorless addition that imparts a noir vibe. Here are four local libations and their unique recipes.

1. Charred Cactus

Bartenders at Campfire infuse tequila with activated charcoal before adding fresh lime juice, peach puree, and a syrup made of charred nopales.

2725 State Street, Carlsbad; thisiscampfire.com

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2. Dead Space

The cocktail, featured this month at Kindred’s Thursday tiki nights, touts activated charcoal, falernum syrup, Batavia arrack, Matusalem rum, and absinthe, followed by pineapple and lime.

1503 30th Street, South Park; barkindred.com

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3. The Master (Not) Cleanse

Kettner Exchange’s boozy take on the notorious detox drink features activated charcoal plus tequila, honey, lemon juice, cayenne pepper, and a pink Himalayan sea salt rim.

2001 Kettner Boulevard, Little Italy; kettnerexchange.com

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4. Black Magic Mimosa

The wake-up call at Madison mixes activated charcoal with Champagne, alkaline water, organic lemon, apple, celery, and blood orange agave nectar.

4622 Park Boulevard, University Heights; madisononpark.com

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