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Old Fashioned Devil Cocktail

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This is option three in my round of Halloween-inspired cocktails, sans sugary neon additives that have no business in a real cocktail.  I'm a sucker for a good old fashioned; my recipe adds a playful twist to this drink by adding activated charcoal to give it a devilishly smoky flair.  Activated charcoal is a common natural health aid used to improve skin tone, whiten teeth, detox the body, and even reduce bloating.  It has even become a favorite new ingredient in for cocktail makers.

I've also omitted the traditional sugar cube that goes in this drink because I feel this drink is already sweeter than sin without it, thanks to the rich Silver Coyote Whiskey I use.  The trick to making a good old-fashioned is to pay attention to the details, which make sense, because, as they say, that's where the devil always finds himself.


4 dashes angostura bitters

2 oz silver coyote whiskey

1 splash club soda

small pinch of activated charcoal (no more than half of 1/8 teaspoon)

1 slice of organic orange skin, minus the pith

1 orange slice (for garnish)

1 black cherry (for garnish)


In a shaker, muddle orange skin, bitters and activated charcoal together until the oils have released.  Add ice and whiskey and shake until mixed.  Pour into a glass and top with a splash of club soda.  Garnish with orange slice and black cherry.  Serves one--so double the recipe and share with your favorite devil.

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