How to Make an Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Drink

The pantry, specifically the section where condiments are kept, is not one to typically look into when thinking of a detox. But this shelf has a very special resident: Apple Cider Vinegar, an age-old recipe that has recently made waves in the holistic health fields for its abilities as a topical applicant, digestible formula, and overall purifier. Holistic health or magic potion, I’m beginning to wonder which it is.

And the holistic benefits of doing an apple cider vinegar cleanse…

Since 400BC when Hippocrates was the first on record to use the magical fermented cider vinegar to treat his patients, apple cider vinegar has become a popular cure-all potion. Topically it can be rinsed through hair to stimulate follicles and enhance sheen. It can be brushed on the face to relieve acne and irritation. As with most acidic properties, cleaning a cut with vinegar will help disinfect and more quickly heal.

Ingesting the acidic solution has a slew of benefits as well. Recent articles boast about its weight loss abilities, generating energy, suppressing hunger, and preventing fat accumulation via its impact on insulin production.

Apple cider vinegar can also soothe a sore throat due to its bacteria killing agents (however drinking the vinegar straight, without mixing with water, might actually produce a sore throat over time due to the acidic content, so be careful!).

drink ingredients

In its raw form, apple cider vinegar has a significant amount of enzymes, vitamins, and minerals. Raw apple cider such as the widely-available Bragg’s brand is generally recommended when consuming as part of a holistic detox. Not only can the solution act as a post-toxin rinse, but it acts as a viable preventative for colds and bacteria. Raw apple cider can help boost immunity by rinsing the digestive tract and other bacteria-ridden areas as it moved throughout the body.

detox drink

Drinking straight shots of apple cider vinegar might not be your jam, though (see: sore throat caution, above). So when combined with other natural ingredients such as lemon, cinnamon and honey, vinegar not only becomes a tasty dose of medicine, but a soothing ‘tea’ or a mixer for a fun, holistic cocktail. Heated in a mug or iced out of the fridge, combined with soda water or mixed into a morning juice, you can enjoy this apple cider detox drink any way you like!


• 2 glasses of water (15-30 oz.)
• 4 Tbsp. Bragg – Apple Cider Vinegar (with the mother, the chunks of stuff floating in the jar)
• 4 Tbsp. lemon juice
• 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
• 1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
• 4 Tbsp. honey (raw honey if possible)

Makes: 4-8 cups

Dissolve cinnamon, cayenne, honey, and lemon in hot water (stir well). Add apple cider vinegar to mixture. Consume right away for a hot tea, or cool and store in airtight jar for an iced detox beverage ready at any time. The beverage will be rather concentrated, so drink small cups or mix in water if it is too strong for your liking. Will last for up to a week in the refrigerator.

apple cider vinegar tonic

Note—you don’t want to boil the raw apple cider vinegar, since you don’t want to cook off the acidity nor kill the active cultures.

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  1. tERRY says:

    How often do you drink this?

  2. Donna says:

    Yes how often can I drink this?

  3. april says:

    How often do you drink this?

    • Felicia says:

      Donna, April and Terry, you can have it every morning, or morning and evening or with every meal. I suggest just starting with one dose a day for starters and see how you go.

  4. Chadley Amburn says:

    What’s the amount and frequency of consumption? It’s rather tasty and I don’t want to overdo it.

    • Karen says:

      Trish, if you make it with hot (not boiling water) the cinnamon dissolves easily . I also like to drink this as a warm tea or cold!

  5. Chanda says:

    I read on another site you’re supposed to drink about 1 glass(8 oz) before a meal at least 2 x a day.

  6. trish says:

    I’ve made this and since the cinnamon doesn’t completely dissolve it settles. After a day or two in the fridge the cinnamon gets all slimy & clumpy like. I think it’s the “web” of probiotics from the ACV but not sure if it’s okay to drink that way. Of course I shake it up, but it doesn’t dissolve.

    • Tom says:

      According to several websites, I have read cinnamon does not dissolve at all. That is why it tends to “clump”. When I add it to warm tea I just keep stirring the tea while drinking.

  7. Roy says:

    I boiled the cininamon like a tea and strained through a cloth before adding to the mixture. I also use siagon cininamon for it’s extra boost.Work great!

    • Don says:

      Be careful with Saigon cinnamon (or any other cinnamon that doesn’t say Ceylon) if you take it regularly. Ceylon cinnamon is safer.

  8. Michelle says:

    I would like to start using the ACV on a regular basis but worry about causing my body to be too acidic. Have you heard of this becoming a problem?

  9. James says:

    I make this with peppermint or green tea, half a lemon, a tablespoon of ACV, and a tablespoon of honey in a large coffee mug, so probably about 10 oz or so of the tea. I was concerned that the tea might be too hot but it is not boiling…thoughts?

  10. Amber says:

    Ginger Switchel
    Makes 1-2 drinks
    2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
    4 teaspoons sweetener (molasses, maple syrup, honey, sugar)
    1/4 teaspoon ground ginger or 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
    1 cup water
    I just use Ginger Ale instead of water and Ginger. Its pretty good.

  11. Drish says:


    I am 154cm and my weight is only 42 Kg. If I drink this daily will I reduce my weight? I am actually trying to gain a few kgs.

  12. Rachel says:

    When storing it for a week you put the jar in the refrigerator, yes?

  13. Hoomaira says:

    Can i drink apple cider vinegar in water the whole day as a detox??

  14. Mary says:

    Is this safe to drink if I am nursing?

  15. robin says:

    I woukd like to use this to detox n start to weight reduction.dobi have to use tye cinnamon

  16. luis says:

    Started today will update in a week. Thank you for this info????

  17. Carol says:

    Does it matter ehat brand of apple cider?

  18. Shari says:

    Yes, it has to say mother on the bottle. Bragg brand

    • Janice says:

      I bought the Whitehouse brand with the mother. It was a little cheaper than the Bragg brand. Hope it works as well, as this is my first time doing the detox

  19. LaDarius says:

    I have been doing the apple cider for about 5 years now off and on, I have my co workers trying it now and they definitely see the difference.

  20. shawna says:

    This article is very interesting however when I looked at the recipe… since 1oz is equivalent to 30ml then 2 cups (480ml) does not equal 15-30oz. So which one should we use?

  21. Britt says:

    Can i add organic sugar instead of honey?

  22. Lynda Taylor Hubbard says:

    Can I use regular acv until I can go to store. Snowed in now.

  23. Lynda says:

    Can I use regular acv until I get to the store? Snowed in now.

  24. shadile says:

    Can I drink acv every day for weight lose

  25. Sandy says:

    I talked to my Doctor about using this Detox. I was concerned since I have multiple health problems. He not only was ok with me drinking it, he told me it would be very beneficial to my health. I will start it tomorrow morning and let you know the results in a week or two.

  26. Lauryn says:

    About how long will it take for the detox to begin taking place?

  27. Kristel says:

    Hello, can I replace the lemon juice by grapefruit juice ? Thank you

    • sandra says:

      Kristel, it says, Heated in a mug or iced out of the fridge, combined with soda water or mixed into a morning juice, you can enjoy this apple cider detox drink any way you like!

  28. Vivianne says:

    How long do I have to do this before I start losing weight

  29. davina lee says:

    I am starting the detox. I dont have cayenne pepper on hand can i substitute something else that can have the same effect.

  30. arlene aadland says:

    BE CAREFUL on this … a film star existed on this to lose some serious weight loss before working on new film…he ended up in the emergency. I have always used just hot water,honey & Bragg Apple for digestion & heart burn…the next day a good cleaning out as a bonus.Monderation…I want to use it once a day plus lite diet to lower my trigs..I have heart disease…just be careful

  31. Tami Roman says:

    It says this makes 4-8 cups. Do I drink the whole thing throughout the day? How much a day out of this do I drink in other words.

  32. Francine says:

    I take 25mg of bloodpresure meds will this detox interfere with my meds.I have lots of digestive and blooding problems and I want to loose only my belly weight

  33. Pam says:

    How much do you drink at one time? I read all the comments and still no real answer to this question.

  34. Marie says:

    Where will I find the answer?

    • Regins says:

      Marie, you should drink about a cup it cup and a half a day.. (As in 8 to 12 ounces). If you tolerate it well drink more. Everyone is different so let your body tell you. Personally I get a little woozy and my skin gets very warm like a niacin skin flush when I drink it too much too quickly.. Take it slow at first.. You will start to be able to gauge how much you need..

  35. Ed says:

    can lime juice be used instead of lemon juice

  36. fyngrace says:

    can a lactating mum take?

  37. Scott says:

    Thought this would be horrid: it isn’t! Mixed the way the recipe says, its actually good! Starting my detox as I type: results will be forthcoming.

  38. Pat says:

    I find “Korinter” cinnamon dissolves much better than any I bought in the past. I’ll check to see if this is similar to Ceylon.

  39. Michael R says:

    I have MS (multiple sclerosis), which includes a bad case of chronic fatigue. Most of my days consist of sitting on my behind in my super-comfy chair in the a/c avoiding the summer heat. This past summer (mostly due to inactivity but also because I’m a [dark] chocoholic with a serious sweet-tooth) I’ve put on some unwanted belly fat. I’m sure my TRIs and A1C are worse for wear also.
    My older sister passed away from MS in 2014 as a result of HER inactivity. She couldn’t walk. I’m trying to avoid a similar fate, so I’m trying the ACV diet, again, along with a recumbent ex-bike. I couldn’t stand the taste the first time, but your recipes are intriguing so I thought I would try again. I desperately need an improvement in my energy levels. If I can find this post again, I’ll update you on my progress.

  40. Dawn says:

    Does detoxing cause muscle aches & pains? I started drinking this recipe yesterday (plus I added 1/8 tsp of organic turmeric) and both yesterday and today within a few hours I began to ache all over, like I had the flu, which I don’t have. Has anyone had a reaction like mine?

  41. Maggie says:

    does this drink help benefit the liver as well?

  42. Maggie says:

    also can you substitute ginger for allspice? or maybe not include ginger at all?

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