Activated charcoal cocktails have TAKEN OVER NEW YORK CITY, pals. That’s right – fragrant, sticky, sweet, black goodness is being poured from shakers into frosted glasses in hip bars all around Brooklyn at this very moment. They’re not only breathtakingly beautiful, dark, and mysterious – just like Gotham; these cocktails also help busy city dwellers really feel like they’re drinking something uniquely next level.
When it comes to tequila – and I’m a tequila girl, I wanted to enjoy a tequila that is authentic to what is enjoyed in Mexico – Tequila Don Julio 70 Añejo Claro. It’s an añejo that’s charcoal filtered, so I though it would be really unique to pair activated charcoal with the star itself to create a beautiful, delicious, and original cocktail to surprise and delight your friends on Cinco de Mayo. We all wear black in NYC – why not have a black margarita as well?
I do host friends quite often, so surprising them with something new and delightful is always high on my list. I had a couple nice bottles of Don Julio 70 Añejo Claro sent over for my party (I’m a tequila girl almost exclusively) and I love this variety because it has the flavor of smoothness of an añejo with the clear color and crisp agave flavor of a blanco. PERFECT for gorgeous drinks with friends under my blossoming tree, cafe lights hanging in the balance.
To create such a fun drink I needed a few attempts in the kitchen. I found that the perfect balance of sweetness, heat, and tart flavors combined to create a margarita that felt super refreshing and was incredibly drinkable. To do so you’ll need some agave syrup, fresh lime and lemon juice, a jalapeño, and cilantro leaves. I muddled the leaves together with the fresh juices and jalapeño and let sit for a few hours before combining with the agave and Don Julio 70 and activated charcoal.
Along with your gorgeous margaritas, may I suggest adding some flair to your decor with cilantro, yellow flowers, and lots of leaves and other greenery. My table of green and yellow certainly celebrates the springtime spirit. My recipe for an Activated Charcoal Margarita is below! Enjoy your Cinco de Mayo, amigos!