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Labor Day Cocktails: Dark Side of Lemoon

Featuring the Sweet, Refreshing Taste of Activated Charcoal

By Hadley Tomicki ·
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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.

**Charcoal Lemonade

1/2tsp Tablespoons Activated Charcoal Powder

3 cups Lemonade

Pour powder into lemonade and shake or stir until mixed well.

Hadley Tomicki lives in Los Angeles. He is probably going nowhere on the 10 Freeway this very second.

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