Signature
Marisa Chafetz / Supercall

Vodka • Sweet
High Drama

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.

The Essentials

rose water
Charcoal Simple Syrup
gin
The Details
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Ingredients

1 oz aquafaba
.5 oz rose water
2.5 oz gin
rose petals, for garnish

Method

  • Add all ingredients except the garnish to a shaker.
  • Add ice and shake.
  • Strain into a rocks glass with one large ice cube, and garnish with a rose petal.
intermediate
Strength:
Charcoal Simple Syrup
Custom Ingredient

Ingredients

1.5 cups Water
1 Cup sugar
1 tbsp activated charcoal

Method

  • In a saucepan, heat sugar and water, stirring until sugar is completely dissolved.
  • Whisk charcoal into the syrup, let cool and store in the fridge.