Lexi has always been a little different. Like most little girls she is sunshine, rainbows, unicorns and magic. But, while other kids love holidays like Christmas and Easter, she loves Halloween. Other kids get scared watching dark movies, she loves movies like Coraline, Nightmare Before Christmas and The Boxtrolls. So, with Halloween coming, and us being in the midst of a heatwave, it just made sense for us to make some black lemonade for Halloween.
The Black in Black Lemonade
As I've mentioned before, Lexi's body does NOT react well to food colouring. And why would one use such poison anyway when nature has gifted us with the most amazing natural food colourings.
Activated charcoal is one of our favourite natural food colourings. It makes the perfect, inky black that we want for Halloween treats like black lemonade.
While activated charcoal is a healthy option for food colouring, it does need to be used with caution.
It's great for ridding the body of unwanted toxins, in the case of poisoning and illness. It's something all families should have in their medicine cabinet, in my opinion. However, it can cause constipation and prevent absorption of minerals.
Black Lemonade Recipe
I don't know about your children, but Lexi loves squeezing and juicing citrus. I have to agree, there is something deeply satisfying about it. So, get those little hands working (it's a great way to strengthen them) and juicing lemon.
Makes 1 serving
Juice of 1 lemon
1 cup purified water
1 tsp good quality, organic maple syrup
1/2 tsp powdered activated charcoal OR 2 capsules emptied OR 2 tablets crushed
Squeeze the lemon and sieve out the seeds.
In the jug of a blender add lemon juice, water, maple syrup and activated charcoal.
Blend until the charcoal is well combine.
Serve in a chilled glass with ice.
We had lemonade ice cubes in the freezer that added a lovely additional zing!
Alternatively, freeze your black lemonade into ice cubes and serve in a glass of regular lemonde for a creepy Halloween treat.