It's appearance may seem suspicious and question whether you should actually drink it. But Charred Corn Cocktail has proven itself to be a delicious unique specialty. I personally made the adventure myself and I can say it is certainly something everyone should try. (At least once.) It's a specialty at one of North County San Diego's up and coming restaurants, Campfire in Carlsbad, CA.
Charcoal has many benefits and has currently become a health trend among many. Everything from teeth whitening to bloating to toxic removal. Making a tasty cocktail out of it makes it even better. The Campfire speciality is actually very simplistic. With only three ingredients, it doesn't take much to replicate.
2 oz. charcoal-infused tequila blanco*
¾ oz. fresh lime juice
1 oz. charred corn syrup**
In an ice-filled cocktail shaker, pour ingredients, shake, strain into salt-and-charcoal-rimmed Old Fashioned glass with fresh ice, and garnish with lime wedge.
If you'd like to make your own Charred Corn Syrup, here's the recipe:
Shuck corn, leaving one layer of husk as a “jacket.” Place jacketed corn on grill set at 800–1600 degrees Fahrenheit for six minutes (longer at lower temperatures), remove jacket, and return corn to grill until kernels are charred brown. Shave kernels into measuring cup and add to mixer with equal parts water and sugar (1:1:1). Blend smooth and strain syrup from mixture with cheesecloth.
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