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10 Refreshing Drinks You Can Make With Apple Cider Vinegar

It’s no secret: We’re obsessed with apple cider vinegar. The pungent liquid contains B vitamins, calcium, potassium, and antioxidants—and studies have shown it can promote heart health, immune health, and even support healthy blood sugar.

Not quite ready to throw back shots of ACV on the daily? Not a problem. Mixing it with a few easy ingredients can quickly transform regular ol’ ACV into a refreshing mocktail.

Grab your bottle and sip your way through these tasty beverages.

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photo: Living Renewed

1. The Afternoon Energy-Booster

Before you turn to yet another coffee when your energy tanks around mid-afternoon, try this bubbly ACV drink from Living Renewed instead. If you’re a vinegar-drinking newbie, start with less ACV and more sweetener. Then increase the vinegar and decrease the sweetener as you get used to the taste.

You’ll need:

Combine all ingredients and enjoy. (Makes one serving.)

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photo: iStock

2. Zingy Cranberry Cocktail

If only we could order this when out on the town. The perfect combo of sweet and sour, this cranberry mocktail from The Healthy Honeys feels quite fancy.

You’ll need:

  • 1-2 Tbsp ACV
  • 2 Tbsp cranberry juice
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 2 tsp maple syrup

Stir all ingredients together and drink. (Makes two servings.)

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photo: Confessions of an Overworked Mom

3. Blueberry ACV Drink

Add antioxidant-packed blueberries into your ACV for a boost of subtle flavor and good-for-you cred. Confessions of an Overworked Mom’s quick recipe practically begs to be put in a mason jar.

You’ll need:

  • 2 Tbsp fresh blueberries
  • 1 Tbsp ACV
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • 12 oz. water
  • Ice

Place berries at bottom of your glass and muddle with a spoon. Then combine remaining ingredients. (Makes one serving.)

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photo: Wellness Mama

4. Ginger Honey Switchel

Switchel drinks, which often combine apple cider vinegar and ginger, are all over Pinterest. Because why not combine the benefits of ACV with the belly benefits of soothing ginger?

This basic switchel recipe from Wellness Mama is slightly spicy, but sweet.

You’ll need:

  • 2 Tbsp ACV
  • 3 Tbsp blackstrap molasses
  • 2-inch piece ginger root, minced
  • 4 cups water
  • ½ lime, zest and juice

Combine all ingredients in jars, shake well, and refrigerate overnight. Pour over ice to serve. (Makes four servings.)

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photo: Dr. Axe

5. Secret Detox Drink

If there’s one ACV concoction you’ve already heard of, it’s this one. Dr. Axe’s detox drink combines a number of powerhouse ingredients—including ginger, cayenne pepper, and cinnamon—for a drink that tons of Axe fans now start their day with.

You’ll need:

  • 12 oz warm water
  • 2 Tbsp ACV
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • ½-1 tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • dash cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp raw honey (optional)

Combine all ingredients, stir, and drink while warm. (Makes one serving.)

Related: 14 Practical (And Unexpected) Uses For Apple Cider Vinegar

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photo: Primally Inspired

6. Berry Lemon ACV Drink

Primally Inspired’s fruity vinegar drink is the perfect companion for a day at the pool. Try mixing up your flavors by swapping out the raspberries for blackberries.

You’ll need:

  • 2 Tbsp fresh or frozen berries
  • 1 Tbsp ACV
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp raw honey (optional)
  • 12 oz. water
  • ice

Place berries and honey at bottom of your glass and muddle with a spoon. Then combine remaining ingredients. (Makes one serving.)

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photo: Fermented Food Lab

7. Summer Watermelon Shrub

This fun drink from Fermented Food Lab will please a crowd at a barbecue or brunch—and because you make it ahead of time and stash in the fridge, that vinegar taste practically disappears.

You’ll need:

  • 5 cups watermelon
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup ACV
  • sparkling water
  • ice

Puree watermelon until liquefied and strain for juice. Add vinegar and honey to watermelon juice and stir. Store in the fridge for one to two days before serving. (Makes about five servings.)

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photo: Delighted Momma

8. Sweet ACV Elixir

Even kids will happily guzzle this mix from Delighted Momma. The combination of fruit juice, cinnamon, and stevia is perfect for anyone not-quite ready for the bite of ACV.

You’ll need:

  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 2 Tbsp apple juice
  • 2 Tbsp ACV
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp stevia

Combine all ingredients and pour over ice to serve. (Makes two servings.)

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photo: MamaShire

9. Peach Good Girl Moonshine

This one had us at ‘moonshine.’ MamaShire’s peach ACV drink recipe is such a creative way to use tea. So many flavors to experiment with!

You’ll need:

  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 peach tea bags
  • 2 Tbsp ACV
  • ½ tsp stevia
  • 2 pinches ginger
  • ice

Steep tea in hot water for five to 10 minutes. Remove tea bags and combine remaining ingredients. Let cool, then pour over ice. Add more water, if needed. (Makes two servings.)

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photo: The Skinny Confidential

10. Pink Detox Drink

This pink drink from The Skinny Confidential is worthy of a million Instagram likes, on top of being packed with good-for-you ingredients. Add as many mint leaves as your heart (and Insta followers) desire. (The Skinny Confidential recommends starting out with 1 tablespoon of cayenne pepper.)

You’ll need:

  • 6 cups water
  • 3-5 Tbsp ACV
  • ½ grapefruit, juiced
  • 1-2 Tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tbsp turmeric
  • mint leaves (as desired)
  • ice

Combine all ingredients and mix well. (Makes about six servings.)

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