Apple cider vinegar: morning detox drink recipe

Apple cider vinegar has a long list of health benefits, from reducing pain for arthritis sufferers to improving digestion to reducing inflammation. It can even help ward off a cold! Apple cider vinegar is best taken before meals and on rising to gain the most benefit but it can also be used in your meal for salad dressings, soups, main meals to brighten the flavor up and as an important ingredient in broth recipes. Looking to have ACV right after you wake up? Try this honey-sweetened morning concoction recipe.
Until now, you may have thought that apple cider vinegar (ACV) is only good for dressing salads. People across the globe use ACV in a number of other, more medicinal ways. In fact, many even use it as the central ingredient in what is called an apple cider vinegar detox. The idea is that raw, unfiltered ACV still has “the mother” in it. The mother contains good bacteria for the gut, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. It’s normal for ACV with the mother to be murky or cloudy.
The use of apple cider vinegar for detoxification, diet, or other benefits goes back thousands of years. Some claim the father of medicine, Hippocrates, promoted ACV’s health qualities as far back as 400 B.C. More recently, makers of Bragg apple cider vinegar have been touting its health advantages since 1912 (1).
What are the benefits of an apple cider vinegar detox?
The body is able to detoxify itself. There isn’t much scientific research to support the argument that detox diets remove toxins from the body (2). Many people use a detox diet to begin changing their diet, remove processed foods from their menu, and then introduce healthier whole foods. The supposed benefits you may gain from an ACV detox are both internal and external.
They include:
• giving the body a good dose of enzymes
• increasing potassium intake
• supporting a healthy immune system
• helping with weight control
• promoting pH-balance in the body
• aiding with healthy digestion
• adding good bacteria for the gut and immune function
• helping to remove “sludge toxins” from the body
• soothing skin and helping to keep it healthy
• healing acne when used externally
You may hear that ACV helps to reduce appetite and even burn fat (3). There is also evidenceto suggest that adding ACV to the daily routine may help with type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol.
How to do an apple cider vinegar detox
The basic “health drink” recipe is as follows (4):
• 1 to 2 tablespoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar
• 8 ounces of purified or distilled water
• 1 to 2 tablespoons sweetener (organic honey, maple syrup, or 4 drops of Stevia)
There are many variations on this basic drink. Some include adding lemon juice. Others add a dash of cayenne pepper. With an apple cider vinegar detox, you consume this type of drink regularly for a set period of time — several days to a month or more. Many people choose to consume it three times each day: upon waking, mid-morning, and again mid-afternoon (5).
For centuries, apple cider vinegar has been used for various cooking and household uses, as well a natural folk remedy for curing many types of ailments. Lately, apple cider vinegar detox drinks have become popular thanks in part to celebrities like Katy Perry swearing by their amazing health benefits. (1)
Drinking raw, fermented apple cider vinegar, also known as ACV, is the perfect thing to do when your body needs a detox cleanse. ACV has many important benefits that support better health as well as helps support your weight loss efforts.
If you want a detox cleanse, to lose stubborn body fat, boost your energy levels, and even help reverse disease, then adding natural apple cider detox drinks to your diet can help you improve your health and quality of life … quickly!
What is an Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Drink?
An apple cider vinegar detox drink is a drink that contains 1-2 tablespoons of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar in addition to other ingredients like water and fruit juices.
The “classic” apple cider vinegar drink recipe typically contains apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, water, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper.
Other ACV drink variations include different types of juices and sweeteners to give it a tastier flavor. I recommend you try different ingredients to find out which works best for you. The goal is to drink these ACV detox drinks daily!
Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Drinks
Apple cider vinegar has many powerful health benefits, including:
• Helps you burn more fat. (2)
• Lowers blood sugar levels and helps fight diabetes. (3)
• Helps you feel more full which improves weight loss. (4,5)
• Lowers cholesterol and reduces your risk of heart disease. (6)
• May help reduce blood pressure. (7)
• May help kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. (8,9)
• Kills harmful bacteria and viruses. (10)
• Increases metabolism. (11)
• Reduces belly fat. (12)
As you can see, the health benefits of apple cider vinegar are gigantic!
Top 15 Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Drink Recipes
Here are some of the most popular apple cider vinegar detox recipes we found to give you some ideas. Always feel free to experiment with new ingredients, and you’ll never be bored with ACV again.
#1. Classic Lemon Water ACV Detox Drink
This is the apple cider vinegar detox drink recipe most people are familiar with. It contains cinnamon, which along with many other health benefits, also helps prevent fat buildup and makes your body digest food in a way that makes you feel fuller for longer. (13)
Cayenne pepper increases your internal body temperature (thermogenesis). As a result, your body works to cool itself down which requires more calories as it cools, so it helps in weight management too. (14)
Classic Lemon Water ACV Detox Drink Ingredients:
• 1 cup of water
• 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
• 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
• 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
• 1 pinch cayenne pepper (optional)
• Honey (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a glass. Add extra honey if needed to make it sweeter.
#2. Cranberry Juice Detox Drink
Cranberry juice and apple cider vinegar are two very powerful detox ingredients.
First off, cranberries contain very high amounts of antioxidants, some of the highest amounts in any food. This helps prevent your cells from being damaged by free radicals through oxidative stress. (15)
What really makes cranberries a perfect match for apple cider vinegar is their ability to help cleanse your kidneys, liver, bowels, and lymphatic system from harmful toxins. They also help remove fat from your lymphatic system and help prevent their absorption within your digestive system. (16)
Cranberry Juice Detox Drink Ingredients:
• 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
• ¾ cup water
• ½ cup cranberry juice
• Splash of lime juice
Combine all ingredients in a glass. Add extra lime juice for more sweetness.
#3. Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Smoothie
Apple cider vinegar detox drinks don’t all have to be in a juice drink form, some are detox smoothies! If you’re not a big fan of the flavor of ACV drinks, the Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Smoothie is the best way I know how to make apple cider vinegar taste good.
This particular ACV detox smoothie not only tastes great, it contains some healthy heavy hitters with avocado and apple.
Apples contain, among its many nutritional ingredients, phytonutrients and antioxidants that may help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease. (17)
Avocados contain a ton of beneficial nutrients, including “good” fats that help remove bad cholesterol and improve the health of your cardiovascular system overall. (18)
Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Smoothie Ingredients:
• 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
• ¼ cup water
• 1 cup apple, peeled, sliced (I prefer Fuji apples)
• 2 tbsp avocado
• ¼ cup ice
Blend all ingredients in a blender and serve chilled.
#4. Green Tea Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Drink
Here’s another powerful detox drink recipe that contains two excellent detox ingredients: Green tea and apple cider vinegar.
Green tea is known as one of the most healthiest beverages in the world. It is packed full of powerful nutrients and antioxidants that have a very healthy effect on your body. (19)
When you combine these two super-drinks into one, you have the perfect apple cider vinegar cleanse. You’re giving your body a tremendous dose of healthy nutrients and cleansing your body naturally.
Green Tea Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Drink Ingredients:
• 1 cup green tea
• 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
• Honey (to taste)
• Mint (to taste)
Prepare green tea, then add honey and apple cider vinegar.
#5. Sweet Lemon & Cayenne ACV Detox Drink
This is a variation of the Classic Lemon Water ACV Detox Drink, but is a little bit sweeter and doesn’t have the cinnamon. I really like this one because it tastes good and has the main ingredients of a classic ACV detox drink.
Lemons are high in vitamin C which is good for your heart. They also contains many healthy plant compounds that have been shown in studies to lower cholesterol. (20)
Sweet Lemon & Cayenne ACV Detox Drink Ingredients:
• 1 cup water
• 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
• 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
• ? tsp cayenne pepper
• 1 tsp honey
Combine all ingredients in a glass and enjoy!
#6. Hot Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Drink
This is a really good Fall recipe. It tastes a little like a traditional apple cider drink with the cinnamon and cloves, except it contains apple cider vinegar for a detox kick.
Cinnamon not only tastes delicious, it has some potent medicinal properties. It’s loaded with antioxidants, it has some powerful anti-inflammatory properties, and has been known to lower blood sugar levels and cut the risk of heart disease. (21,22)
Hot Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Drink Ingredients:
• 2 cinnamon sticks
• 4 cloves
• 1 ½ cups of water
• 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
• 2 tbsp honey
• Lemon slice (optional)
Bring cinnamon, cloves, and water to a boil. Remove from heat and allow it to cool for a half hour, then add ACV, honey and lemon slice for garnish..
#7. Apple Cider Vinegar Limeade Detox Drink
This is a fun ACV detox drink that even kids love. Who doesn’t love limeade? It has a sweet taste that reminds me of the limeade punch my mother-in-law used to make every New Year’s Eve.
Because of its higher sugar content, I don’t recommend having this one every day, but it makes a good healthy treat your family will love.
Apple Cider Vinegar Limeade Detox Drink Ingredients:
• 1 cup water
• 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
• 6 tbsp frozen limeade concentrate
• 1 lime wedge (optional)
• Mint leaves (optional)
#8. Mixed Berries ACV Detox Smoothie
I love detox smoothies, they’re the perfect drink to have in the morning or as a healthy meal replacement. They come in many flavors and are an easy way to get more vegetables and fruit in your diet.
This Mixed Berries ACV detox smoothie not only tastes delicious, it’s fortified with apple cider vinegar, giving it an extra detox kick.
Bananas are extremely healthy and delicious. They contain powerful antioxidants and are full of vitamins and minerals, like potassium. (23,24)
Mixed Berries ACV Detox Smoothie Ingredients:
• 1 cup frozen mixed berries
• 1 banana
• 1 cup almond milk
• ? tsp vanilla extract
• 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
• Pinch of salt
Combine all ingredients into a blender. Add extra almond milk if it’s too thick and needs to thin out a little.
#9. Cinnamon Apple Pie ACV Drink
This is a delicious apple cider vinegar cleanse recipe that tastes just like apple pie. It has the cinnamon and apple flavors, as well as a nice vanilla sweetness from the liquid Stevia.
It’s super refreshing on a hot day, and the flavors mask the taste of the ACV really well.
You can usually find liquid vanilla Stevia in the sweeteners section of your local supermarket, but if not you can also buy it here.
Cinnamon Apple Pie ACV Drink Ingredients:
• 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
• 2 tbsp organic apple juice
• 1 cup water
• 4 drops of liquid vanilla Stevia
• Dash of cinnamon
• 1-2 cubes of ice
Mix all ingredients in a cup and serve over ice.
#10. Cinnamon Apple Pie ACV Detox Smoothie
This is another detox smoothie recipe that has an ACV booster. It’s a pretty simple recipe that tastes very similar to the Cinnamon-Apple Pie ACV Drink above.
Since the apple is being blended into this recipe whole, you get all the health benefits of the apple including lots of fiber and antioxidants. (25)
Cinnamon Apple Pie ACV Detox Smoothie Ingredients:
• 1 apple (core removed)
• 1 ½ cups water
• 1 tsp cinnamon
• 10 drops of liquid vanilla Stevia
• 2-3 ice cubes
Place all ingredients in a blender and whirl away until smooth. Add extra ice cubes for a colder drink.
#11. Molasses Apple Cider Vinegar Detox
This is another recipe that contains two powerful ingredients: apple cider vinegar and molasses.
The particular type of molasses used in this recipe is called bootstrap molasses. It’s a concentrated form of sweetener that contains lots of vitamins and minerals. It also has several health benefits including supporting better bone, heart, and cardiovascular health. (26,27,28)
Molasses Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Ingredients:
• 1 ½ cups water
• 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
• 2 tbsp blackstrap molasses
Mix all ingredients in a glass and drink up!
#12. Strawberry Blueberry ACV Detox Smoothie

This detox smoothie is one of my favorites. It has 3 types of fruit, Chia seeds, and mint to give it a well rounded and wonderful flavor.
Blueberries not only taste delicious, they’re packed full of nutrients and antioxidants. In fact, they contain some of the highest levels of antioxidants of all commonly consumed fruit. (29,30)
Chia seeds are one of the healthiest foods on the planet. They’re also loaded with nutrients and have a very high amount of antioxidants. (31,32)
Strawberry Blueberry ACV Detox Smoothie Ingredients:
• ¼ cup blueberries
• 3 large strawberries (top removed)
• 1 banana
• ¼ cup water
• 3 mint leaves
• ¼ cup Chia seeds
• 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
• 3 ice cubes
Put everything except the mint into a blender and whirl away until smooth. Add the mint leaves as a garnish.
#13. Pink Grapefruit Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Drink

I’m a big fan of grapefruit juice, and apple cider vinegar and grapefruit juice go together wonderfully. Not only does it have a unique flavor, but it’s also full of vitamin C and antioxidants.
Grapefruit juice also has some pretty incredible health benefits like fighting cancer and reducing blood pressure. (33,34)
Pink Grapefruit Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Drink Ingredients:
• 1 cup fresh grapefruit juice
• 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
• 1 tbsp honey
Mix all ingredients in a glass and drink it down.
#14. Blueberry Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Drink
I can never get enough blueberries, they’re one of my favorite fruits. This detox drink has a good serving of them along with lemon juice and maple syrup to make it even sweeter.
Be sure to press the blueberries with the back of a spoon in a glass to release the juices from the berries.
Blueberry Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Drink Ingredients:
• 2 tbsp fresh blueberries
• 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
• 2 tbsp lemon juice
• 2 tsp real maple syrup
• Water and Ice
Mix all ingredients in a glass and drink!
#15. Cranberry-Orange Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Drink
This final apple cider vinegar detox drink has two delicious juices that add a huge nutritious boost.
Orange juice has lots of antioxidants and is rich in vitamin C. Cranberry juice is really full of antioxidants, some of the highest amounts in the food world!
Cranberry-Orange Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Drink Ingredients:
• ¼ cup cranberry juice
• ¼ cup fresh orange juice
• ¾ cup water
• 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
Mix all ingredients in a glass and enjoy!
Conclusion
When it comes to detoxifying your body, apple cider vinegar truly is “super food”. I recommend consuming a detox drink with apple cider vinegar three times daily 20 minutes before meals for two weeks, then consuming them one time a day before breakfast or lunch.
Now that you have 15 recipes to choose from you don’t have any excuses not to drink more apple cider vinegar!
So drink up, and please be sure to comment below and tell us which were your favorite, other readers will be counting on you to share which of these 15 is the tastiest.
From helping you lose weight to fighting cancer and heart disease, this stuff does it all.
I recommend consuming a detox drink with apple cider vinegar three times daily 20 minutes before meals for two weeks, then consuming them one time a day before breakfast or lunch.
Key Point: Apple cider vinegar contains many beneficial ingredients and should be consumed before meals for maximum effect.