*This article was originally published on Thrivemarket.com/blog
Our take on the activated charcoal lemonade craze looks much cooler than the sludge-colored detox drinks everyone seems to be sipping lately. We froze our activated charcoal into ice cubes, creating a stark contrast when served in bright lemonade. When the ice starts to melt, it creates a cool-looking swirling effect as the charcoal mixes with the drink. To give it an extra boost, we mixed in Great Lakes Gelatin’s Collagen Hydrolysate powder. Collagen helps keep joints flexible and skin supple but because it decreases with age, it’s important to replenish with collagen-rich foods or supplements. This powder from Great Lakes has been hydrolyzed so it won’t congeal and features a unique combination of amino acids that may be beneficial for bone and joint health.
ACTIVATED CHARCOAL LEMONADE WITH COLLAGEN
Yield: 10 to 12 servings
Active Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 12 hours (freezing time included)
For the activated charcoal ice cubes
- 4 tablespoons activated charcoal powder
- 2 cups water
For the collagen lemonade
- 5 tablespoons Great Lakes Collagen Hydrolysate
- ¾ cup honey
- 1 cup hot water
- 6 cups cold water
- 2 cups fresh lemon juice
- 2 to 3 lemons, sliced
INSTRUCTIONS (Youtube video here)
Make the activated charcoal ice cubes
Break charcoal capsules by cutting with scissors to add the charcoal powder to a large container. Add the water. Stir until blended. Pour the liquid into ice cube molds. Freeze for 8 hours or overnight.
Make the collagen lemonade
In large pitcher, add honey, collagen powder, and hot water; stir until honey dissolves. Add lemon juice and cold water; stir until well mixed. Fill a glass with activated charcoal ice cubes and pour lemonade over the ice. Garnish with lemon slice.
Recipe credit: Angela Gaines
Photo credit: Paul Delmont