Food & Drink

Here's a Gin Cocktail Just Made for Halloween

Puns aside, there’s nothing optional about the Thai flavors in this intriguing variation on a traditional Gin Sour. Adam Nystrom developed the midnight black concoction at E.P. & L.P. in West Hollywood. Southeast Asian ingredients such as coconut and lychee create an exceptional depth of flavor, not to mention the unique color, which comes from coconut charcoal—and makes this one a perfect Halloween sipper.

Here’s the complete recipe:


  • 1.5 oz gin
  • .5 oz lychee liqueur
  • .25 oz Amaro Montenegro
  • .25 oz rich simple syrup
  • .75 oz fresh lemon juice
  • .5 oz egg whites
  • .25 tsp coconut charcoal


  • Pour all ingredients into a shaker tin without ice, and dry shake.
  • Add ice to the shaker and give it a hard shake.
  • Double strain into a chilled coupe glass.
  • Dust with coconut charcoal for garnish.