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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