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.
- 1 cup cinnamon-ginger liquid
- 4-5 cinnamon sticks
- 4 cups filtered water
- 1 medium (6-inch) knob of fresh ginger root, sliced thin
(or 1/4 cup ginger juice)
- 1/4 cup Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2 cups filtered water
- 1/8th teaspoon liquid stevia (or raw honey to taste)
- 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.
- 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.
- Serve over ice and enjoy!
- Refrigerate the remaining cinnamon-ginger liquid for future use.
- 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.