Black Lemonade sounds like an oxymoron.
Liquid sunshine as black as coal rolled into one.
That, in essence, is what Black Lemonade is.
Lemonade made black by adding charcoal.
Also known as Charcoal Lemonade, it is a drink that promoted well-being, which was captured on Instagram as a cool, current, and very comely prop on camera.
It became an overnight star.
Trending within the last decade and still buzzing as an in-fashion accessory for the health-conscious, or by those looking to be seen with the current craze in their hand.
Labeled as a niche health drink that detoxifies and aids digestion, as well as a string of other beneficial health features.
Along with charcoal-infused foods such as ice cream, macarons, pancakes, burger buns, and drinks including water, cocktails, and lattes.
These not-so-healthy but in-demand specialties all fell into the category of being very goth.
With its scary, sultry shade of black, it’s no surprise Black Lemonade has been a choice drink at adult Halloween parties.
Like magic: instant witches’ brew, just add spirits.
Charcoal was also a very popular color in 2020 and so continued to also be the in-thing to drink, especially with those who were still on the trendy beverage bandwagon.
Is Black Lemonade Good for You?
A debatable topic. Which will be unpacked here so that you can make up your own mind.
The activated charcoal in Black Lemonade is known to help relieve diarrhea, intestinal gas, and bloating, as it absorbs bacteria.
HOWEVER, when ingested, the activated charcoal in Black Lemonade, with its pores like a sponge, sucks up in its wake, toxins (yay!) AND all the goodness that it laid its foundation on, from the humble but mighty lemon (boo!).
Charcoal eradicates the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants found in the lemonade, which basically cancels out the good and practically robs your beverage of its nutritional value.
More about that further on.
In the 1960s the FDA (Food and Drug Administration of America) prohibited the use of activated charcoal, but it was more of a precautionary ban due to a lack of safety data.
Fast forward to 2018, NYC banned the use of activated charcoal as an additive and coloring agent in food and drinks, in the midst of the hype and social trends of crowd-pleasing ‘black food’.
Watch Inside Edition’s report “Is the Newest Charcoal Food Fad Safe?”
When Should You Drink Charcoal Lemonade?
Medically, activated charcoal is used as a treatment in emergency situations, typically to absorb poison.
In this instance, activated charcoal is used in its purest form as a powder mixed with a liquid (usually water) and administered by professionals.
Taking activated charcoal requires care and consideration, and a little goes a long way, so use it cautiously.
And so, self-medicating ‘over-the-counter’ to alleviate intestinal gas and bloating, based on a pharmacists’ advice, is an acceptable measure.
It does do the trick, used in the right measure for the right reasons and for the right period of time.
Charcoal Lemonade is a sweet and refreshing way to deal with your symptoms.
Take heed, if you are on any form of medication, including the contraceptive pill.
It is best to seek advice from your doctor if you plan to make it a regular entity in your day-to-day life.
It is advised, as a minimum precaution, to not drink Charcoal Lemonade at least 1-2 hours before and after taking your prescribed drugs.
What Happens When You Drink Activated Charcoal?
Side effects of consuming too much-activated charcoal without good reason include gastro-intestinal tract blockages and/or bringing your bowel movements to a halt.
It also causes, not surprisingly, black stool when you do eventually ‘go’.
Out of interest, the origins of activated charcoal date way back in civilization (BC). Throughout the ages, it has been used scientifically and medically.
The ancient Egyptians cottoned on early to its ‘medicinal’ benefits.
Other early societies discovered the antiseptic properties of activated charcoal to purify water.
Classic physician Hippocrates and natural philosopher Pliny also used it for medical purposes.
Where to Buy Charcoal Lemonade?
We know that if you are in NYC you will be out of luck officially finding the once ‘favored flavor’ of Charcoal Lemonade, commercially.
Buy the food-grade powder-form of activated charcoal.
Preferably, pure natural hardwood charcoal, such as ‘Zen Principle’s’ hardwood activated charcoal loose powder or pure, organic activated charcoal capsules by ‘Purest Vantage’.
Follow a tried-and-tested, ‘most-searched’ recipe to make yourself a batch of Charcoal Lemonade. Our tip – with anything – add a pinch of salt.
So, is the jury out when it comes to making up your mind about activated charcoal-infused lemonade?
Maybe pink lemonade would be better…