Activated Charcoal Lemonade

Activated Charcoal Lemonade | Style & Spice

I’ve seen so many photos on Instagram of companies making activated charcoal lemonade and juices. I learned about the uses of activated charcoal in my analytical chemistry classes while in college.


First, activated charcoal is not the same charcoal you use on your grill! Activated charcoal is similar, but it has been manufactured especially for medicinal uses. The charcoal is heated until it develops pores inside, and these pores trap chemicals and toxins. The technical term for this process is adsorption (not absorption).


Activated charcoal can help with a number of health related issues. It’s most often used to help treat poisonings. Activated charcoal binds to most organic compounds, pesticides, fertilizer, and mercury, allowing for quicker elimination from the body. The quicker elimination can help prevent the absorption of these toxins into the body. Activated charcoal can also help reduce intestinal gas, lower cholesterol levels, whiten teeth, and may even help prevent hangovers.

Activated Charcoal Lemonade | Style & Spice


While researching recipes, I read an article by a juice company describing their product development. They said that the activated charcoal tastes terrible and their development process took a long time to ensure their juice tasted great. I went into my recipe development process thinking that this could take extra time to perfect a recipe worth posting. Initially, I planned to make at least 4 different batches, but was surprised when the first batch tasted great. Honestly, I found activated charcoal doesn’t have much of a taste.  Yes, drinking black lemonade is a little strange, but it tastes like lemonade.


Do not take activated charcoal when you are taking any other medications orally. While activated charcoal is amazing at flushing toxins out of your body, it is not selective on what is removed. If you are on oral medications, activated charcoal will decrease the amount of medicine your body absorbs making your medication less effective. To prevent this interaction, wait at least one hour after taking your medication(s) before using activated charcoal. Activated charcoal also interferes with your body’s ability to absorb nutrients, which is something to keep in mind the next time you reach for that expensive activated charcoal green juice.

Activated Charcoal Lemonade

Yield: 6 servings


  • 5 cups filtered water
  • 1/2 cup raw agave nectar
  • 3/4 cup organic lemon juice
  • 5 capsules of activated charcoal


  1. In a pitcher, combine the water and agave nectar and stir until the ingredients are evenly distributed.
  2. Squeeze the juice from 6-8 lemons. In order to maximize the yield of juice, you may find it helpful to roll your lemons on the counter before cutting them. This citrus juicer will make the process much easier and less messy. I highly recommend the investment! Add the lemon juice to your pitcher.
  3. Gently squeeze a capsule of activated charcoal and twist the ends until it opens. Pour the powder into the pitcher and stir until it is evenly distributed. Be careful not to spill the powder because it will stain clothing and some countertops.
  4. Drink immediately for the best benefits, or store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Activated Charcoal Lemonade | Style & Spice

Please consult your doctor before using activated charcoal if you have any concerns, especially if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. This post contains affiliate links. I was not paid to endorse any of these products.

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    August 3, 2018 at 11:05 pm

    Can you use raw honey instead of agave??

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    July 3, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    Sadly I follwed the recipe and ended up with a gray drink instead of the black ones you have in your picture 🙁 I’m not sure what went wrong. I thought maybe just there wasn’t enough charcoal so I added 5 more caps. It’s still grey and won’t blend well :/ what should I do?

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      Hmm…sorry you’re having trouble! I’ve never had that issue before. But yes, just keep adding more! It could be that your capsules are just a smaller size than what I used.

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    What measurement would you say is 5 capsules of the charcoal? I bought a 8oz container of the powder, rather than capsules

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    August 19, 2016 at 6:30 pm

    Do you drink the whole pitcher in one day? I was reading about the Dirty Lemonade Detox and they recommend drinking a whole bottle at night on a full stomach, but I’m not sure how big those bottles are.

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