Activated Charcoal Margarita

Yield: 1 cocktail


  • 2 ounces tequila
  • ½ ounce Grand Marnier
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • Peels of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • Dash of orange bitters
  • ¼ teaspoon activated charcoal
  • Lime wheel, to garnish


To make the lemon simple syrup:
  • In a small or medium saucepan, combine the peels of 1 washed lemon with 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water. Bring the mixture to a simmer, then remove it from heat. Let cool, strain out the solids, and store the liquid in a Mason jar or other sealable vessel.

To make the cocktail:
  • In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the tequila, Grand Marnier, fresh lime juice, lemon simple syrup, orange bitters, and activated charcoal. Shake vigorously, and strain into the cocktail glass over your choice.
  • Garnish with a lime wheel and serve immediately.