Apple Cider Vinegar Drink With Ginger & Cinnamon

Ginger Cinnamon Apple Cider Drink

Apple cider vinegar is widely viewed as a holistic health remedy for everything from lowering cholesterol, improving blood sugar control, weight loss and even hiccups. But, one of my favorite personal use is for improving gastrointestinal health. Find out how to get the health benefits of apple cider vinegar, in a palatable way, with this apple cider vinegar drink.

This last year, a skin condition led me to visit an integrative dermatologist. Suspecting that bacterial overgrowth due to low stomach acid was the underlying cause, I had started drinking a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar diluted in water. She commended me on my strategy, but suggested I increase my intake considerably. When I asked her how much ACV she recommended, she responded ‘Can you do a cup a day?’

A cup is a LOT of apple cider vinegar. But, the recommendation was also a challenge. I had to find a palatable way to take my cure. So, I started by trying to knock-off a Bragg’s apple cider vinegar drink for the flavor profile and used a similar liquid ratio found in an apple cider drink used for a blood sugar research study. My first few tries were more medicating than pleasing. I persisted.

I’m almost ashamed to admit that I discovered the answer at my local bar! The bartender had designed a signature cocktail featuring an infusion of cinnamon, like a tea, and reduced it down. That was my solution! Except, my drink involved making a cinnamon-ginger reduction to which I then added apple cider vinegar, filtered water and sweetened with a little liquid stevia. Cinnamon-Ginger Apple Cider became my new daily sipper, instead of plain water. And my skin? —it became happy once again.

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR DRINK WITH GINGER AND CINNAMON

The base of this apple cider vinegar drink is raw, unpasteurized, unfiltered apple cider vinegar. To get the most health benefits, use Bragg’s or another brand which has ‘the mother’ a dark, cloudy substance formed from naturally occurring pectin and apple residues. According to the Bragg’s website, vinegars with the mother contain enzymes and minerals that other vinegars may not contain due to overprocessing, filtration and overheating.

Ginger Cinnamon ACV Drink Ingredients INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup cinnamon-ginger liquid
  • 1/4 cup Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 cups filtered water
  • 1/8th teaspoon liquid stevia (or raw honey to taste)

Sliced Ginger

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Make the cinnamon-ginger liquid. Cover the cinnamon sticks and ginger slices with 4 cups of filtered water. Bring to a boil, then simmer uncovered until the liquid has reduced in half. Let cool, then strain.
  2. Combine 1 cup of the cinnamon-ginger water, the apple cider vinegar and 2 cups of plain filtered water. Sweeten with the liquid stevia or raw honey to taste and stir well.
  3. Serve over ice and enjoy!
  4. Refrigerate the remaining cinnamon-ginger liquid for future use.

NOTES:

  • Sweetener.  For this drink, I used a small amount of liquid stevia. But, raw honey is an excellent alternative for non-vegans or anyone simply desiring an apple cider drink for general health purposes.
  • To Peel or Not? Peeling the ginger is not necessary, but will increase the flavor infused into the water. If you opt to peel, try using a spoon to peel off the skin. Using a vegetable peeler removes a lot of the root along with the peel.
  • More Ginger? I have found I like the drink with a fairly pronounced ginger flavor. So, instead of simmering ginger with cinnamon, I add 1/4 cup of ginger juice to the other ingredients.
  • Reuse! You can definitely reuse your cinnamon sticks and ginger to make a second batch of the cinnamon-ginger water. However, the flavor may be more subtle. Taste it as it simmers and possibly reduce the mixture down further than the first batch.

Originally published 12.2.15. Revised 1.13.16

Are you drinking apple cider vinegar for health purposes? How do you prepare it? Please share and leave a comment below!

11 thoughts on “Apple Cider Vinegar Drink With Ginger & Cinnamon

  1. Thanks for this. I just started drinking acp and lemon yesterday and had tried mixing some dried ginger powder. It didn’t work too well. I will be getting some fresh ginger and cinimmon sticks today.

    • Yes, the powdered ginger and the whole root are completely different! But, I’ve read that the powdered ginger, while a very different taste, still has the same therapeutic properties and is great for reducing heachaches, etc. I hope you enjoy the drink with the fresh root. Thanks for stopping by! -M

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  3. May I ask what type of skin condition you had? I have peri-oral dermatitis and am reluctant to take the antibiotics given me by the dermatologist. I would like to try this first! I also suspect I have issues with candida overgrowth. Do you think this will help?

    • I had yeast on my skin, which is very common and completely unrelated to systemic yeast. The drink did help.
      For your situation – the dermatitis, I applaud you for being reluctant to take the antibiotics. You might first try using the ACV topically, apply it diluted to the skin. I have read that some folks have had some success with this. For the candida, this one is a bit controversial as anti-candida diets exclude all fermented foods, such as vinegars. However, ACV, such as Braggs brand contain the ‘mother’ and are a source or pre-biotic, although how much, I’m not sure. Many alternative healthcare practitioners swear by ACV for candida. So, I would recommend giving it a try, perhaps once a day for a few days. Go slow so as to make sure there is not an increase in your symptoms. And, be sure to only sweeten with stevia (or other non-caloric sweetener), NOT the honey option. Good luck and let me know how it goes!

  4. Hi. Interesting article. You reference a diabetes study related to vinegar use but there is no link. Did you mean to link to that study? I would like to be able to read that reference.
    Thanks

    • Hi Shirley –
      Thanks so much for visiting and your comment. You are correct. I did include a link from ‘research study’ but it was not working correctly. I have fixed the link and it works now. For your reference, the article is ‘Vinegar Improves Insulin Sensitivity to a High-Carbohydrate Meal in Subjects with Insulin Resistance or Type 2 Diabetes’ in Diabetes Care. doi: 10.2337/diacare.27.1.281
      Diabetes Care January 2004 vol. 27 no. 1 281-282

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