Aurora Spring Activated Charcoal Checkerboard Cocktail

A Note From feedfeed

How's that for a cocktail? We love the stunning pink hue (thanks to a splash of Aperol) of this refreshing gin based drink. Plus, using a simple plastic lid as a stencil? Genius!

1 ounce (30ml) gin
1 ounce (30ml) aperol
1 ounce (30ml) lemon juice
1 ounce (30ml) St. Germain liqueur
1 egg white OR 1 ounce (30ml) aquafaba
activated charcoal, for garnish (see note)
edible flowers, for garnish
In a cocktail shaker, combine the gin, aperol, lemon juice, St. Germain, and egg white or aquafaba. Shake without ice for 15 seconds, then fill shaker with ice and shake for another 15 seconds. Strain into a cocktail glass and dust with activated charcoal to create the checkered effect (see below). Cheers!

— Activated charcoal is taken as a nutritional supplement, and can found in natural food stores and online. You can buy capsules, then carefully empty the powder into a small container to use as needed.
— To create the checkerboard garnish, first make a stencil: any thin piece of plastic will work—we used the lid of a clear plastic tub. First, use a ruler to draw a grid of lines on a piece of paper, making each square about 1/4-inch in size. Lay the lid on top and trace the lines onto the lid. Now carefully use an x-acto knife to cut out every other square, making a checkerboard of square holes. Prepare the cocktail and pour it into a serving glass. Rest the stencil just over the surface of the drink—not touching the foam, or the design will smear when lifting it off—and place some activated charcoal powder in a small fine-mesh strainer. Hold the strainer above the drink and tap it with your hand to dust the surface of the drink until blackened. Remove the stencil, revealing a checkerboard design on top of the foam.
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