Food & Drink

When Life Gives You Burned Lemons, You Make This Drink

Your Experiments With Lemon Charcoal Begin Now

By Hadley Tomicki ·
Dina Belenko Photography/Getty

The grill is heating up.

You’re in an apron, holding tongs.

Now what’s your Memorial Day masterpiece going to be?

You’re going to burn the hell out of a lemon.

Trust us. Because we’ve got a recipe for lemon charcoal here, an easy-to-make and quite versatile ingredient you can mix into your cocktails for ashy complexity, smokiness and zesty citrus notes.

All you’re going to need is a lemon. And a grill. And some bourbon and Grand Marinier and honey simple syrup and an egg.

Soon, you’ll be doling out Yellowstone Sours like it was God’s plan for you all along. You’ll become known as “that person who grills lemons, then makes incredible cocktails with them, which, in addition to that lustrous hair, is why we invite them to these things.”

Until then, enjoy your Memorial Day weekend.

Yellowstone Sour

1 oz Russells Reserve Bourbon

1 oz Grand Marnier

3/4 oz. lemon

1/2 oz. honey syrup

1 egg white

**Lemon charcoal

Shake dry. Then add ice and hard shake. Strain into a sour glass and add lemon charcoal.

**Throw a whole lemon on the grill and cook it until it turns into charcoal. Using a microplaner, zest the lemon charcoal over the cocktail once built.


Hadley Tomicki

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

Elsewhere on the Daddy

More Food & Drink