Spooky, Boozy, Activated Charcoal Cocktail Recipe

Halloween cocktailActivated charcoal meets booze in this eerie black cocktail recipe, which is bound to throw you into the holiday spirit.

If alcohol can’t do it, what will? This festive alcoholic beverage spooks and delights your senses with each and every sip. It is sweetened with agave, boosted with bitters, and even benefits your health! Have an extra piece of candy knowing that the activated charcoal in this cocktail is working overtime to detox your system!

Activated charcoal is quite popular these days, particularly for its detoxification benefits. Activated charcoal traps toxins and other chemicals into its millions of tiny pores. In fact, it can adsorb thousands of times its own weight, and not only in particles but also in gas. Because of this adsorptive power, it helps to shepherd poisons and other harmful substances from the body in an effective manner, leaving you less bloated, lighter and feeling less toxic.

When paired with alcohol, activated charcoal helps to negate the effects of acidic liquor on your body. Whether it succeeds in doing so or not may still be up for debate, but at least the idea sounds inspiring enough to try. And, don’t worry, activated charcoal doesn’t taste like anything, so it won’t add any off-kilter flavor to your drink.

I personally like the Bulletproof activated charcoal for this cocktail recipe because the powder is sourced from coconut shells. You can use whatever charcoal you find at your local health store or online–but please don’t pull charcoals from your barbecue! Not at all the same thing!

Activated Charcoal Black Cocktail Recipe

Makes 1 cocktail


  • 1 capsule (500 mg) activated charcoal powder (twist open the capsule for the powder)
  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 1-ounce red grapefruit juice
  • ¾ ounce agave
  • ½ ounce lime juice
  • 3 ounces club soda


Add all of the ingredients to a shaker with ice and shake to combine. Pour through a sieve into a tall glass. Enjoy!

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