Super Easy Charcoal Lemonade!

This activated charcoal recipe only requires 3 ingredients! So easy to make and the perfect addition to a juice cleanse. #healthy #detox #vegan #plantbased #charcoallemonade #activatedcharcoal #juicing #cleanse | Mindful Avocado
Charcoal lemonade made with activated charcoal powder, fresh lemon juice, and maple syrup. Get a taste of Summer with this healthy and detoxing recipe! #healthy #detox #vegan #plantbased #charcoallemonade #activatedcharcoal #juicing #cleanse | Mindful Avocado

When life hands you lemons, just add some activated charcoal and make lemonade! Charcoal lemonade is the PERFECT way to stay hydrated, detox, and get a taste of Summer all in one sip. Activated charcoal, fresh lemons, and maple syrup make this charcoal lemonade deliciously good.

activated charcoal lemonade made with lemon juice, charcoal powder, and maple syrup. garnished with fresh lemons

Charcoal lemonade might look weird (or super cool) depending on how you look at it, but it’s packed with some crazy detox powers.

Lemons and maple syrup are a metabolism boosting combo and when charcoal is added to the mix, it becomes a really healthy (and delicious) beverage! I swear this stuff tastes JUST LIKE regular lemonade.

What is activated charcoal?

Activated charcoal is NOT the charcoal you use for grills. It’s charcoal that has been heated at high temperates to make it more digestible. It’s gaining popularity for natural skincare, but it can have the same detoxing benefits for your body as your skin!

It can come in a capsule or powdered form. I like the powdered form, but make sure to measure it and not just “eyeball”!

lemons, maple syrup, and activated charcoal on pink background

Health Benefits of Charcoal Lemonade

There are many health benefits to drinking activated charcoal such as detoxing, improving digestion issues and kidney health.

I’ would like to point out that there is controversy around consuming activated charcoal powder. I’ve read many articles explaining there’s no direct evidence that it is unsafe or unhealthy to consumer charcoal.

My best advice is read up for yourself and decide what’s best for YOU and YOUR BODY!

hand pouring activated charcoal powder into pitch of lemonade

How to make charcoal lemonade

Start by combining lemon juice, cold water, and maple syrup. Add black charcoal powder and mix well. Serve over ice cubes and that’s it!

Tip: The charcoal powder will set at the bottom if left sitting. Stir or shake before consumption or there will be a grittiness to the charcoal lemonade.

pouring activated charcoal lemonade into glass with ice cubes

Activated charcoal uses:

You bought this whole jar of activated charcoal powder and now what? Luckily, that black magic powder has multiple uses!

  1. Activated charcoal can be used as a natural teeth whitener
  2. Make a  detoxing face mask
  3. Can be used for treatment for different types of poison consumption (in both humans and dogs!)

activated charcoal lemonade in glass with fresh lemon slice on pink background

Charcoal lemonade is starting to pop up in health food stores like Whole Foods or Pressed Juicery. However, this charcoal lemonade recipe is so simple to make and you can make in big batches to keep in the fridge or share with your family or kids!

Naturally vegan, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free (thanks to the maple syrup) this is definitely a healthier rendition of traditional lemonade.

hand holding glass of activated charcoal lemonade

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Want more activated charcoal recipes? If so, you’ll love this Activated Charcoal Latte!

activated charcoal lemonade made with lemon juice, charcoal powder, and maple syrup. garnished with fresh lemons

Super Easy Charcoal Lemonade

This detoxing rendition of traditional lemonade is so easy to make and just as delicious as the classic. Fresh lemons, maple syrup, and activated charcoal powder make this charcoal lemonade drink recipe simple and tasty!
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Course: Drinks, Snack
Cuisine: American, Gluten Free, Healthy, Plant Based, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: activated charcoal recipes, healthy lemonade recipe, summer drink
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 34kcal
Author: Amanda



  • In a pitcher, stir together maple syrup, lemon juice, and water
  • Stir in charcoal powder
  • Pour into glasses over ice


Add more maple syrup for sweetness or lemon juice for tartness


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 34kcal | Carbohydrates: 7.3g | Protein: 0.2g | Sodium: 12mg | Potassium: 40mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 7.3g | Calcium: 10mg

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11 thoughts on “Super Easy Charcoal Lemonade!”

  1. 5 stars
    I’ve never heard of charcoal lemonade but the color is very striking! Interesting to read how to use activated charcoal as well.

  2. 5 stars
    Interesting, I love charcoal and have been using it time and again but I never would have thought of adding it to lemonade, thanks for the tip!

  3. Came across this while reading your charcoal latte article and became very intrigued. I actually bought my very first charcoal latte tonight and started to look for a recipe for home. I cant bring myself to spend 4.25 each time I want one. Onto the lemonade…on days I’m feeling lazy, can I add charcoal to the pre-made lemonade mix? I know, I know, its loaded with sugar and other stuff but on those days I dont feel like squeezing, would it work just the same?

    • 5 stars
      Late to the party but I just tried the lemonade. It’s so yummy! I was looking at buying charcoal lemonade but thought I’d try making it 1st to save $. It was super easy. I put 3 whole lemons (skin and all) in my juicer, opened up a dozen of the charcoal capsules I bought and never used, added the syrup and water. So. Easy!


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