High Drama

Marisa Chafetz / Supercall
Marisa Chafetz / Supercall

You’ve never seen a rose cocktail like this before. Even though it’s pitch black (thanks to activated charcoal), this striking cocktail is unexpectedly floral. Created at the Portland, Oregon, outpost of Virtuous Pie, a mini-chain of “plant-based” pizza restaurants, the cocktail reflects the restaurant’s vegan values by using aquafaba (chickpea water) in place of egg whites to give the drink a gorgeous, foamy head and creamy texture. Rose flower water gives it a rich scent and mild sweetness, while locally made Aviation Gin adds notes of crisp juniper. The charcoal simple syrup brings everything together and gives the drink its shocking ebony hue. It also might have some health benefits. “Activated charcoal works as a health aid, teeth whitener and prevents hangovers,” says general manager Chelsea Boyer. So go ahead, have another.

High Drama




Step one

Add all ingredients except the garnish to a shaker.

Step two

Add ice and shake.

Step three

Strain into a rocks glass with one large ice cube, and garnish with a rose petal.

Contributed by Virtuous Pie