Recipe of the Week: Cleansing Maple Lemonade

It’s January and the most popular time for the Master Cleanse. It was with that thought in mind that employee Alex decided to make our ever-popular Cleansing Maple Lemonade for this week’s Recipe of the Week edition. Just about everyone here has enjoyed this lemonade, either as part of the Master Cleanse, a refreshing summer drink, or as a daily morning wake-up call. There’s nothing more refreshing than a tall glass of freshly squeezed spicy lemonade. Read on to see how to make your own!

Cleansing Maple Lemonade

Hello friends! It’s time for another Recipe of the Week. This one is the staple recipe for the Master Cleanse and has been around for 77 years. The simplicity of the recipe and it’s delicious flavor is likely the reason it has been so successful. Let’s dive in!

You won’t need much for ingredients. If you are making this for a cleanse, the recommended maple syrup is Maple Valley’s Dark & Robust syrup. This was previously called “grade B” syrup. In The Master Cleanser, Stanley Burroughs states “All grades can be used in the diet but the darker grades are more desirable. The grading system is based purely on the relative deepness of the amber coloring and has nothing to do with the quality of the syrup, which is generally about the same for all organically produced maple syrup.” You will also need organic lemons (or limes), cayenne powder, and room temperature filtered or spring water. If you are just making this as a morning drink or refreshing beverage, you can use cold water instead.

A note about quantity: This recipe will make one 10 oz serving of lemonade. If you want to multiply the recipe to make more, feel free to do so. But, if you are doing the Master Cleanse, please note that in How to Do the Master Cleanse, Peter Glickman states “To make up more than one day’s lemonade at one time or to try to save the squeezed lemon juice for another day will lose a great deal of the potency of the lemons.”

Cleansing maple lemonade ingredients

You will want to start with 2 Tbsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice. The Master Cleanser by Stanley Burroughs states you should use “fresh lemons or limes only, never canned lemon or lime juice nor frozen lemonade or frozen juice. Use organic lemons when possible”. However, if you are just making this as a refreshing beverage, you can use whatever type of lemon juice works for you. I made it by the book this time so fresh lemons it was. I found that one lemon made just the right amount of juice.

Cutting Lemons

After that, the recipe is pretty simple, just add your 2 Tbsp of Maple Valley Dark & Robust maple syrup, 1/10 tsp of cayenne pepper (optional), and 8 oz water.

Adding Cayenne, Maple Syrup, & Water

Give it a good stir and it’s ready to enjoy! You can also add ice at this point if you wish & you aren’t doing the cleanse. Here’s the final product:

The final product

Did you try this recipe at home? Let us know how it went in the comments below!

Cleansing Maple Lemonade

Can also be used for The Master Cleanse Lemonade detox.*

  • 2 Tbsp organic lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 2 Tbsp Maple Valley organic maple syrup (Dark & Robust)
  • 1/10 tsp cayenne pepper ((optional))
  • 8 oz warm water (fresh spring or filtered)
  1. Combine ingredients and consume immediately.

*To do the Master Cleanse, consult a book for instructions & your doctor for medical advice.


  1. Cathleen Fleming

    The best cleanse ever!!)

  2. Yvonne

    my chiropractor suggested I drink this beverage over 40 years ago, he said it would help with sinus issues and it does. I drink one or two glasses a day, not as a fast. My question is is safe to drink if you are either a pre-diabetic or a diabetic 2. I don’t test nor do I take any medication. Trying to control with a sensible low-carb diet

    • Maple Valley

      Hi Yvonne! Thanks so much for your comment! We are unable to give medical advice as we are not licenced medical professionals. We do know that some diabetics have been able to drink this beverage with careful monitoring & adjustments. We recommend consulting with your licensed healthcare practitioner before trying this recipe.

  3. Jimmy Kimmel original

    This is a great fast(it’s half fast when I’m involved~;)

    • Michelle

      “Half fast”?

  4. Jacqueline

    Was on the cleans for 15 days but started with an special tea to cleans the bowel.
    I felt like a kid again especially when waking up in the morning. Exercising schedule did not change. It is important to go off of it carefully with orange juice. It is a good combination if you are meditating.

  5. Darlene

    How does it affect the cleanse if you do not use the cayenne pepper? What does the cayenne pepper do for the cleanse?
    I am allergic to all pepper.

    • Renee Miller

      Hi Darlene, the Master Cleanse Coach book goes into more detail about the various components of the cleanse. We do not have a doctor on site and cannot discuss your specific concerns, but we do recommend you discuss your concerns with your doctor, and avoid this cleanse if you are allergic to anything.


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