If there's one thing you don't probably need help with, it's taking a break from labor to tuck into some meat and a stiff drink. But here we are, regardless, ,letting you know about a few great drinks you can make for friends over the three-day weekend while standing within 30 feet of a grill. We wish we knew how to quit you.
Here we've got a cocktail that begs to be paired with a cookout. It's the Dark Side of Lemoon from Barlo Kitchen + Cocktails at Hotel Erwin in Venice. And it's not only solid wordplay, but a fancy way of saying gin-spiked charcoal lemonade. And since it's easy to make, we figured we'd show you a path to making a whole lot of them for anyone lucky enough to be hanging out with you this weekend. Enjoy.
DARK SIDE OF LEMOON
2 cups Sipsmith Gin
3 cups Charcoal Lemonade**
48 Leaves of mint
8 Mint sprig for garnish
Place gin lemonade and mint leaves in shaker with ice. Strain into a large rocks glass with fresh ice. Garnish with mint sprig.
1/2tsp Tablespoons Activated Charcoal Powder
3 cups Lemonade
Pour powder into lemonade and shake or stir until mixed well.