This Charcoal Cocktail Claims to Stop Bloating

New York’s Beauty & Essex is known as the club that serves free champagne in the restrooms; this holiday season, it may just make its mark as the “hotspot for charcoal cocktails.”

Playing off of the whole “charcoal-drink-detox” trend, chef Chris Santos created the signature Black Tie White Noise drink, a black-hued cocktail that contains activated charcoal, an ingredient the club says helps “purify and prevent bloating.”

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“A variety of guests have ordered and enjoyed the cocktail. It has absolutely been one of our most sought-after drinks, especially with the new activated charcoal trend. Guests are always curious to try something new,” general manager Vincent DeGrezia says. “It’s a great conversation-starter as well.”

One other benefit it has, DeGrezia says, is activated charcoal reportedly can help reduce cholesterol and may prevent hangovers.

Of course, the question this whole booze concoction begs to answer: Is it safe? DeGrezia says all signs show that drinking the activated charcoal is, just like anything, safe in moderation and shares the recipe below:

Ingredients:

.5 oz. simple syrup

.75 oz. lemon zest

.5 oz. yellow chartreuse

1.5 oz. Gentleman Jack

.25 oz. Bruichladdich Port Charlotte Scotch

2 dashes Angostura bitters

1 capsule activated charcoal

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