Cold-Pressed Charcoal Lemonade

  • by Robin Frey
5.0 from 2 Reviews


Activated charcoal is the star of this cold-pressed lemonade, removing toxins and giving it that cool black color. The sweetness comes from apple in this variation, making it a healthy and tasty choice on a hot, summer day.

Yield 12 oz
Calories 155 cal
Yield and calories may vary depending on produce used and method of extraction.
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Want the perfect way to detox and hydrate this summer and look good doing it? Introducing our latest chef creation, a cool, cold-pressed charcoal lemonade.

Back in black, our latest lemonade features food-safe activated charcoal, lemon, apple and ginger. With only four ingredients and no added sweetener, this is an easy-to-make, healthy recipe that tastes amazing.

Here's what Chef Ari has to say about his juice recipe:

"In this variation of charcoal lemonade, we use all produce and the sweetness comes from red apples rather than a traditional lemonade that uses water and sugar.  With the addition of a little cayenne, this can easily be used as a starter for a cleanse or something to drink first thing in the morning to jump-start the metabolism.

Charcoal is known for removing toxins so might be a great drink for hangovers as well. The apple varieties in this recipe can really be mixed and matched based on your preference for sweetness. Sub in some granny smiths for a more tart flavor, or add a mix of what looks good at the market, it's completely up to you."

What Is Activated Charcoal?

Also known as activated carbon, activated charcoal powder is used in a variety of ways for its powerful toxin-clearing properties.

This is not the same kind of charcoal used in BBQ grills or found in burnt food, but is created by heating carbon-rich materials to very high temperatures. This process removes previously absorbed molecules and makes the charcoal free to absorb new molecules.

Some popular uses of activated charcoal are:

  • Detox the liver and the body
  • To reduce intestinal gas
  • Natural water filtration
  • As a treatment for diarrhea
  • Teeth whitening and oral health
  • In skincare to help draw out dirt, toxins and bacteria
  • As a deodorant to absorb smells and excess moisture
  • To treat overdoses or poisonings

Pro Tip:

If you are a juice business, make sure your activated charcoal package is labeled as "food safe", otherwise you may run into trouble with the health department if questioned.  You can source a good food grade product from Terrasoul Superfoods.

Equipment note: We used the M-1 commercial juice press to make this recipe, but you can use pretty much any type of juicer. Just keep in mind that the quality will always be higher when using a juice press.

Learn more about the industry-leading commercial juicers we use to make our recipes.

Health Benefits

  • detoxifying
  • aids weight loss
  • antioxidant
  • hydrating
  • increases energy
  • improves digestion


  • red apple
    17.25 oz
    2 1/2 medium apples
  • lemon
    2.79 oz
    1 small lemon
  • ginger
    0.12 oz
    1/3 inch of ginger root
  • food safe activated charcoal
    0.125 oz
    1 teaspoon charcoal


  1. Wash produce thoroughly.

  2. Weigh the ingredients.

  3. Quarter the lemon (leaving skin on) and place directly into the press. If you don’t have a juice press, peel the lemon and juice with the rest of the ingredients.

  4. Grind the remaining ingredients together and press.

  5. Add the activated charcoal to a bowl and slowly whisk the juice in to avoid clumps.

  6. Serve over ice!

Pro Tips

  • If you are a juice business, make sure your activated charcoal package is labeled as “food safe”, otherwise you may run into trouble with the health department if questioned.

  • This would make an edgy cocktail, just add your favorite alcohol!



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  1. 5 stars
    I love this kind of juice