Apple Cider Vinegar Drinks

1. Sweet and tart cranberry cocktail

The bold flavor of cranberry helps to cover up the sharp taste of apple cider vinegar. Cranberry also delivers a dose of vitamin C and antioxidants.

Ingredients

  • 1–2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons pure cranberry juice
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1–2 teaspoons maple syrup

Instructions

1. Measure the apple cider vinegar, cranberry juice and maple syrup into a glass.

2. Top up with water. Add ice cubes if desired.

2. Grapefruit metabolism booster

If weight loss is your goal, grapefruit is an excellent tool for boosting the metabolism. It’s also a great source of vitamin C and antioxidants and has been show to help lower unhealthy cholesterol. Try drinking this juice before every meal to improve digestion and to encourage gradual weight loss.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pure grapefruit juice
  • 1–2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons raw honey

Instructions

1. Measure the apple cider vinegar and honey into a glass.
2. Top up with grapefruit juice. If you prefer less sugar, use half the amount of grapefruit juice and honey, and top up with water.

3. Immune-boosting kick in the pants

If you are feeling under the weather, this mixture will kick your immune system into gear and bring you right back in no time. This is a great preventative brew for cold and flu season, or can be consumed a few times daily when you are feeling sick.

Ingredients

  • 1–2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1–2 tablespoons raw honey
  • Thumb-sized piece of ginger root
  • Juice of ½ a lemon
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Hot water

Instructions

1. Grate the ginger root, then squeeze the juice from the pulp into a glass or mug. Discard the pulp.
2. Add the apple cider vinegar, honey, lemon juice and cayenne pepper.
3. Top up with hot water — ensure the water is at a drinkable temperature, not boiling, so that the living compounds in the vinegar and honey are preserved. Stir to dissolve, and drink.
4. Optionally add 1 finely chopped or crushed fresh garlic clove for a further immune boost (not for the faint of heart!).

4. Savory probiotic juice

This recipe is a great way to include more vegetables in your diet. It also makes the apple cider vinegar more palatable.

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe tomatoes
  • ¼ of a cucumber
  • 1 large stick of celery
  • Juice of ½ lime
  • 1–2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

1. Place all of the vegetables in a blender or juicer.
2. If using a blender, blend until smooth and then strain, so that you end up with a juice.
3. Mix in the vinegar, lime juice and some salt and pepper to taste. Optionally add a little hot sauce.

5. Mineral-rich tonic

Were you ever given blackstrap molasses as a child? This age-old remedy is making a comeback. Blackstrap molasses is one of the best sources of minerals in an absorbable form. You’ll get a good dose of iron, magnesium, manganese and calcium from this brew.

Ingredients

  • 1–2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons blackstrap molasses
  • Water

Instructions

1. Stir the ingredients together and consume.

The only type of apple cider vinegar you should ever buy

Now that we’ve covered a few great ways to make apple cider vinegar more palatable, let’s address the vinegar itself. It’s essential that you use a high-quality vinegar.

We are not talking about those huge plastic “tanks” of low quality stuff. While this may be okay for making barbecue sauce, we want to step it up a notch for health and weight loss applications.

The type of apple cider vinegar to seek out is a raw, organic variety. These usually come in glass bottles. Check the label for the words “unpasteurized,” “raw” and “mother.”

These indicate that the probiotic properties of the vinegar have been retained. Pasteurization removes all the living cultures, and the vinegar will not have as many benefits.

In a raw vinegar you will see strings or small chunks floating near the bottom — this is a good thing! Although it looks a bit gross, these helpful bacteria will make your skin bright and your digestive system and metabolism sing.

It is also important that the vinegar you buy has been made with organic apples. Apples are near the top of the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen list, which highlights the types of produce that have the most chemicals (such as pesticides and herbicides) applied to them.

In fact some sources estimate that the average conventionally grown apple has up to 92 different chemicals on the skin, including potential carcinogens. Organic is definitely the best choice.

Why not experiment with some of these recipes and see which one is your favorite. Try incorporating a little apple cider vinegar into your diet each day and watch those positive changes happen effortlessly!

Apple cider vinegar not only makes you healthy and beautiful from the inside out, it can also be applied externally.

 

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Shari

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