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These All-Black Cocktails Are the New Black, and Here's How to Make One

Nighttime is the right time for these pitch-dark drinks.

If you've been making your way from black-bunned burgers to black ice cream, may we suggest moving on... to black cocktails. Yes, solid-black drinks are having a moment, and here are five fabulous color-free concoctions you'll want to start with:

Black Thai Optional

Where: E.P. Restaurant, Los Angeles

What: Housemade activated coconut husk charcoal, gin, lychee, Italian amaro, egg white, lemon.

How: “Despite its dark and spooky appearance," says head bartender Adam Nystrom, this is in fact a "light and citrusy treat." He uses ingredients from Southeast Asia (lychee, coconut, citrus) to make the dark-as-night drink. Photo courtesy of E.P. Restaurant.

Black Ink Martini

Where: Death Ave Brewing Company, New York City

What: Distilled pomace brandy, agave, lime juice, vermouth.

How: The potent drink at the New York City spot gets its color from squid ink, which also adds a salty note. Photo courtesy of deathave/Instagram.

The Reanimator

Where: Cindy’s, Chicago

What: Blueberry, ginger, raw sugar, lime, activated charcoal, cachaca.

How: The ingredient mix in this cocktail includes Brazilian cachaca and activated charcoal, a detox remedy that doubles as a coloring agent. Photo courtesy of v_obession/Instagram.

Tico Blackberry Mojito

Where: Tico Boston, Boston

What: Spiced dark rum, fresh blackberry puree, muddled mint leaves, simple syrup, dark red blackcurrant liqueur, soda.

How: Jimmy Fallon and U2 have stopped in at Tico, but no word on whether they've tried this pitch-dark version of a mojito, made with fresh blackberries for "a sweet finish,” says general manager Amanda McLaughlin. Photo courtesy of Tico Boston.

Lady Lincoln

Where: Lincoln Tavern and Restaurant, Boston

What: Vodka, elderflower liqueur, blackberry puree, lemon juice, mint.

How: “The Lady Lincoln brings together subtle flavors and complex aromas, setting up a refreshing full bodied martini for everyone to enjoy,” bar manager Robert McCaffrey tells The Feast. Photo courtesy of Lincoln Tavern and Restaurant.

Lady Lincoln recipe:

3-5 pieces of mint

1.5 oz Ketel One

1 oz St. Elder

0.75 oz Blackberry puree

0.75 oz lemon juice

Muddle mint in a pint glass and add Ketel One, St. Elder, blackberry puree and lemon juice. Shake vigorously, strain in a martini glass, and garnish with mint sprig.

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