Instagram feeds across the country are looking a little darker these days thanks to the activated-charcoal craze. For those who rolled their eyes at Starbucks’ unicorn Frappuccino and said no thanks to rainbow bagels, cupcakes, and lattes, the charcoal trend offers an obsidian option.
Activated charcoal, which is created by burning wood, coconut shells, and similar materials, is charged with detoxifying powers as a result of being exposed to certain gases at a very high temperature during the production process. Whether one chooses to believe in the health benefits of the jet-black substance, or simply enjoy the smoky flavor and Gothic look, here are four places to find charcoal-infused menu items in Las Vegas.
Activated charcoal from a juicery
Pressed Juicery operates two locations in Las Vegas — one at Aria and another at Tivoli Village — allowing health-crazed locals and visitors to get their fix of cold-pressed juice both on the Strip and off of it. At either location, diners can grab a bottle of activated charcoal lemonade that’s made with lemon, lavender, honey, and enough activated charcoal to create that distinctive black color.
Pressed Juicery, Aria, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 702-464-5016
Endless charcoal options
Nourish Creamery & Juice Bar offers several ways to get in on the charcoal trend. The cozy spot on the southwest side of Las Vegas serves a rotating selection of small batch ice cream flavors that often includes charcoal. Also available are charcoal ice cream cones and activated charcoal coconut lavender lemonade. Diners who order one of Nourish’s signature ice cream flights should be sure to make one charcoal.
Nourish Creamery & Juice Bar, 7625 S. Rainbow Blvd., Suite 102; 702-487-5251
Activated charcoal lemonade
Located right at the edge of Sunset Park, Pour Coffeehouse is a cozy neighborhood coffee shop that serves charcoal pineapple lemonade. The menu also features similarly creative espresso drinks, avocado toast, and bowls.
Pour Coffeehouse, 6811 S. Eastern Ave., Suite 104-D; 702-527-5544
Charcoal soft serve
Bover may be known for its boba tea, but the whimsical restaurant also serves a must-try charcoal soft serve ice cream. Diners can order a towering cup of vanilla charcoal soft serve on its own, or order it swirled with other flavors such as ube, but call in advance to see which is twisting. Toppings include Fruity Pebbles and mochi. Bover also offers charcoal-activated drinks.
Bover, 1780 N. Buffalo Drive; Suite 107; 702-778-5757
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