I’ve had a bag of activated charcoal here at home for some time, it’s getting close to expiring so figured i’d give it a go and attempt to make some black lemonade – 2 ways… one which is my favourite lemonade recipe, then a 2nd healthier version with maple syrup instead of sugar which now may be my favourite! I’m not an expert on activated charcoal and am not trying to convince you to get any at all – please do your own research before getting any if you are able to use it, it’s more quite fascinating how the taste was odourless and the scene in this video when it instantly changed was a lot of fun!
Stick half the water, the lemons and sugar in a high powered blender and whizz up. Pass through a sieve to leave the pulp. Pass the pulp back into the blender with the other 500ml water and a handful of ice cubes and the activated charcoal, whizz up again. Pass through a sieve into a jug with the other sieved fluid from before and stir to combine. Add more water if you want it weaker, sugar to make it sweeter, or extra lemon juice to make it more zingy.
Simply add all the ingredients together into a blender and whizz away. Serve over ice if using. If you prefer add the maple syrup / lemon juice / water in batches until you are happy with the taste or add extra at the end to tweak. Enjoy!