Charcoal Lemonade

Using activated charcoal for this Charcoal lemonade is a great way to infuse health products into a refreshing summer classic. Serve with lights bites such as dragonfruit, spam fries, and guacamole.

Ingredients for Charcoal Lemonade

Ingredients for activated charcoal lemonade.
Ingredients for activated charcoal lemonade.

Activated Charcoal: Used as a health product to draw out toxins, activated charcoal is a great health additive

Lemons: Use fresh lemons for the best-tasting lemonade or use the bottled lemon juice if lemons are not in season.

Sugar: You can use your favorite sweetener for this recipe, but sugar is the standard sweetener for lemonade. You can also use sugar-free sugar, Splenda, or even maple syrup!

Water: Use water to dilute the lemonade to make it the perfect sweetness!

Vodka (Optional): If you would like to turn this charcoal lemonade into an adult summer beverage, you can add about a fourth of a cup of vodka into the mix. Or serve the alcohol separately so guests can serve themselves their desired amount of vodka.

How to Make Activated Charcoal Lemonade

Juice the lemons as your first step when making charcoal lemonade.
Juice the lemons as your first step when making charcoal lemonade.

When choosing your lemons from the grocery store, look for large, even-skinned and rounded lemons. They should be slightly shiny and smooth to the touch. The lemons should only slightly give when squeezed. Avoid any lemons that are squishy, brown or have an unpleasant odor to them.

Pick out 6 or 7 lemons for this recipe. Most chain grocers sell lemons in large 2 or 5 pound bags. This is super useful if you need lemons for any other recipes or as a garnish when cooking.

The first step in this recipe is to juice the lemons. I recommend rolling them on a hard surface, like your countertop, with the palm of your hand. This will help to bruise the inside of the fruit and start releasing the juice before you cut into it.

After rolling the fruit, cut each lemon in half. I recommend using a citrus juicer to extract the most amount of juice, but you can always just squeeze the lemon together to juice it.

You should have about half a cup to three-fourths a cup of juice after juicing all the lemons.

Juice the lemons for fresh lemon juice!
Juice the lemons for fresh lemon juice!

In a large pitcher, mix the water, fresh lemon juice, sugar and activated charcoal together. Mix well until the sugar is dissolved.

Taste and add more sugar if you would like the lemonade sweeter, or add more water to make it less sweet. If you would like the lemonade a little more tart, add in more lemon juice!

Optional – add the vodka to the drinks if you would like to make this into a boozy lemonade. Add the vodka directly into the lemonade or serve on the side.

Store the lemonade in the fridge until ready to serve. Serve in tall glasses over ice with lemon wedges.

What is Activated Charcoal?

Activated charcoal was first introduced by the World Health Organization as a way to treat overdoses.

Activated charcoal was first introduced by the World Health Organization as an emergency way to treat overdoses and poisonings. Now, there are different ways to use it in food for its nutritional benefits!

is produced when superheating natural sources of carbon, such as wood, coconut shells, or peat. The black powder is taken by mouth and stops toxins from being absorbed in the stomach by binding to them. The body is unable to absorb charcoal, so it is excreted.

The charcoal is “activated” by stripping the charcoal of previously absorbed molecules and frees up bonding sites again. This process also reduces the size of the pores in the charcoal and makes more holes in each molecule, increasing its overall surface area.

Health Benefits of Activated Charcoal

Charcoal is used in some beauty products.

Activated charcoal is also used for other things, besides as an emergency treatment.

There is evidence to suggest that consuming activated charcoal is beneficial for the kidneys because of its toxin-stripping properties.

Since activated charcoal is used to draw out toxins, such as bacteria, dirt and other micro particles, you can often find it in some health products. You will also see activated charcoal used in teeth, gum, and skin care to best reap the benefits of this product.

More Summer Drink Ideas:

Dragonfruit Mojito

Lychee Mojito

Gummy Bear Shot

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Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

Charcoal Lemonade

5.0 from 1 vote
Recipe by Sarah
Course: DrinksCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

6

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

0

minutes
Calories

150

kcal

Ingredients

  • 6 lemons

  • 4 cups water

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 1/2 tsp activated charcoal

Directions

  • First, juice the lemons. You should have about half a cup to three-fourths a cup of juice after juicing all the lemons.
  • Add the water, fresh lemon juice, sugar and activated charcoal together. Mix well until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Taste and add more sugar if you would like the lemonade sweeter, or add more water to make it less sweet.
  • Optional – add the vodka to the drinks if you would like to make this into a boozy lemonade. Add the vodka directly into the lemonade or serve on the side.
  • Serve over ice with lemon wedges.

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