Hey Boo! It’s time to trick-or-treat yo’ self this Halloween.
I’m just creepin’ it real with you all, I love a good themed drink and oh my gourd this recipe is delicious.
Ok, you’ve probably had enough of my amazing Halloween puns but, seriously, my Basic Witch Boo’s drink is easy to make and has activated charcoal which makes the drink look spooky AND has some great health benefits, too!
Maybe you’ve seen the charcoal trend with toothpaste or face masks, but actually consuming can up your game without changing the taste of your cocktail at all. But like…why? Well (I’m sure you knew where this was going) I’m going to tell you!
Benefits of Activated Charcoal
Promote kidney function
Activated charcoal binds to toxins and carries them out of your body (typically the job of the kidney) so by consuming activated charcoal, the load is lightened on your kidneys and helps improve the function of that organ. Think of it like giving your kidney a little break!
Reduce cholesterol levels
Again, due to it’s awesome binding work, charcoal can help reduce cholesterol and prevent your body from absorbing them.
Activated charcoal is sometimes used as a hangover cure since it is so good at removing toxins. While it hasn’t been officially studied, consuming charcoal WITH alcohol may reduce blood alcohol levels.
Just FYI: Not all charcoal is created equal! The pellets your dad used on the backyard grill will. not. do. it! You want to make sure you are using ACTIVATED charcoal found in either a pill or powder form that is meant to be consumed.
Avoid taking any medication within a couple hours of consuming charcoal because it can interfere with the absorption of your medication.
Now go get out your caldron to brew up my Basic Witch Boo’s and let me know what you think!
Basic Witch Boo’s
For the simple syrup:
1 Cup water
1/4 cup honey
4 whole star anise
1.5 whole cinnamon sticks
3″ piece of fresh ginger, sliced
2 long strips of orange peel
For the cocktail:
2 oz tequila
1 oz Grand Marnier (you can totally use Cointreau, too)
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
1 oz fresh orange juice
For the vibes:
1/2 teaspoon Activated charcoal powder
Dry ice pellets (Sounds scary, but they’re cheap and SO fun!! Just drop a few pellets into the glass before your pour the cocktail mixture in and you’ve got yourself a v creepy mist! Don’t handle with bare hands, though! I just used a spoon to grab a few and drop them in. And if you’re worried about drinking dry ice, you’ll be good! It sinks to the bottom. But a cute straw might be best case scenario.)
- Make the syrup! In a small pan, combine water, honey, anise, cinnamon, ginger, and orange peel. Simmer for 60 seconds and take off the burner. Let it chilllll, girl. Store in a mason jar overnight, then strain. (If you happened to not read this recipe until rn and you have 2 hours to get the dranks ready…you’re good, girl! It’s still totally delicious after an hour or so.)
- For the cocktail…Combine the tequila, Grand Marnier, fresh lemon, orange juice, a scoop of activated charcoal, and 1 oz of the syrup with ice. Shake and strain into glasses, over the dry ice.
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