Apple Cider Vinegar Fountain of Youth Tonic

| Modified on Apr 14, 2017

For centuries, people have given the ol' apple cider vinegar drink a run for its money thanks to apple cider vinegar's widely known health benefits. Apple cider vinegar can aid in weight loss and also promote rosy, glowing skin when taken as a daily health tonic or applied to the skin.

How to Drink Apple Cider Vinegar
Earth Clinic knows a thing or two about how to drink apple cider vinegar. We've been experimenting with apple cider vinegar recipes since 1999!


1 teaspoon and up to 2 tablespoons unpasteurized apple cider vinegar
1 large glass of water (8-12 oz.)
1 tsp natural sweetener (optional)

This version of the tonic is mixed and ordinarily taken just before or along with meals, 1-3 times a day. When it comes to natural sweeteners, honey is probably ideal since it offers substantial health benefits of its own. Natural maple syrup likewise has many proponents, whereas refined sugar also offers sweetness but little if any other health benefit. Any natural sweetener, however, will do just fine. Alternatively, some prefer to forgo a separate sweetener and simply mix their Apple Cider Vinegar in with apple juice, apple cider, or another drink that blends well with the cider vinegar. The possibilities are endless, the point is just to get the stuff into your system and your dietary habits.


2 teaspoons unpasteurized apple cider vinegar
16 ounces water

Mix together in a container and refrigerate, pouring yourself a glassful whenever you are thirsty. Ordinarily a couple of glasses a day will take care of your general health needs. This version is ideal for those who are particularly concerned about maintaining an alkalizing diet for overall health.


1/8 teaspoon baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)
1-2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
8-16 oz water

Add an eighth of a teaspoon of baking soda to either of the standard Apple CIder Vinegar tonics found above. Be careful! When you initially combine the vinegar and baking soda, a natural reaction will cause it to fizz up somewhat dramatically. Once the reaction settles, you can drink this version of the tonic as above for an additional alkalizing boost.

ACV/ BS Honey

Posted by Lisa (Huntington Beach, California) on 09/11/2014

Please give me the starting dosage amount for the ACV/BS with Honey. Many of your readers are taking it in varying doses. I am 190 lbs and 5'10". My diabetes is fairly well managed. Occasional stomach swelling, gerd, athritis, headache after eating. 46 year old female. Your readers vary wildly on their individual doses. So it's unclear to me where I should start and how I should increase. And what is the bicarbonate for?

Alkalizing with Apple Cider Vinegar

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Posted by Earth Clinic (USA) on 04/01/2009

As you may know, Earth Clinic has recommended the standard 2 teaspoons in 8 oz of water 3x a day for years now. For more severe conditions, we recommended 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in 8 oz of water 3x a day. We now think that less vinegar, more water is an optimal way of taking apple cider vinegar daily unless you are treating an acute condition like acid reflux, cough, bronchitis, or sore throat (in which case the stronger concoction of 2 TBS apple cider vinegar (ACV) to 8 OZ of water 3x a day recipe is suggested).

For daily maintenance, weight loss and pH balancing, we now suggest the following:

2 teaspoons of organic apple cider vinegar
16 ounces of water
Sip, don't chug!

We suggest 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in 16 ounces of water that you'll sip throughout the day, rather than drinking the whole concoction at once 3 times a day. You will be keeping your pH in a constant, alkalized state by sipping this highly diluted dosage. Usually 1-2 tall glasses of the concoction are all you'll need each day.

If you drink a lot of water throughout the day, consider adding just a splash of apple cider vinegar to your glass/container each time you fill it up, rather than drinking the one, 16 oz glass of acv and water mentioned above.

Replied by Kristen
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)

I have a question. Why do you NOT recommend putting any sweetener in the apple cider vinegar (ACV)? I was taking 2 tablespoons in a bottle of water for my allergies for the last 2 days, and could barely get it down. While my allergies went away (amazing!), I do not think I can make myself drink this every single day without something to help the taste. Today I started with 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in 16 ounces of water, as you recommend, but I added a tablespoon of organic Grade B maple syrup, which helps a lot. Is there anything you DO recommend that helps the flavor, without detracting from the benefits? Thanks so much for this extremely helpful website."

EC: Just trying to avoid adding more sugar to one's diet! However, most readers on this site seem to add one kind of sweetener or another.

Replied by Walter
(Baltimore Maryland)

When taking apple cider for what ever ailment I have found mixing it with apple juice makes it much easier to take rather then mixing it with water.

Replied by Chocolate Lady
(Anisland, Ak)

I and my 15 year old son are new to this type of treatments. We have tried apple cider vinegar three days in a row now and each time we both seem to get a headache within an hour after drinking the concoction. The first day we drank 2T of ACV and 2T of honey in about 8oz of warm water. The second day I reduced the ACV to 1T and 2Tof honey-we still got a head ache. Day three we drank 1T of ACV, 1T honey and 1T lemon juice-still got head aches. It helped his cough and generally he seemed to feel better, but I seemed to be MORE bloated, head achey and had night sweats, and constipation! I understand I may have multiple issues going but, I didn't have a cold like my son-I drank the concoctions to help my stomach but just wound up uncomfortable even more :( Help!!! I think ACV has great healing properties, is this a common side effect in the beginning?

Replied by Caitlin

Your body is detoxing. The beginning symptoms include everything you mention - the bloating, night sweats, etc. Eventually the constipation will clear as well. It took me about 2 weeks to completely free myself of the 'detox sickness.' Look those up and you will see that they are common in any detox program. Couple this with a healthy diet (I mean raw, organic as much as possible) and you will see the symptoms disappear faster.

Replied by Elaine
(Kansas, US)

I use two TBS of Vinegar, Two TBS of Honey. 1 TBS lemon juice, and add a cinnamon to taste. Is great, can make this; add 16 oz water and sip on it, tastes great.

Replied by Decembersun
(Shepherd, Texas)

Good article, and this is one of my favorite drinks, and the best way to start the day. I've tried variations with honey as well as maple syrup, and also toggled between lemons and limes for variation. I'm curious now, after reading some reviews, to try a little baking soda at some point.

Replied by Blkhillsbagger
(Rapid City, Sd)

As a diabetic and recent devotee to ACV Tonic, I didn't want to introduce sugar to it. I started out using the baking soda right away. I can say that it really makes the drink very tolerable. I'm amazed at what ACV has done to help my blood sugar numbers. I drink the tonic 1/2 hr before breakfast, and again at dinner. I put a tbs or so of ACV in my work out drinks in the afternoon. I'm in debt to y'all for maintaining this site and the users providing their input and experiences.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Cherry Pomegranate

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Posted by Vikingirl (Knoxville, Tn) on 02/20/2012

This is the delicious way I add apple cider vinager to my daily routine. After a long walk with my dog, I pour half glass of cold water, half glass of cherry pomegranate juice, squirt of lemon and lime juice and 1 tsp yes 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar with lots of ice and it is so good, I don't taste or smell the acv. I also drink it with a straw. YUMMY!

Apple Cider Vinegar and Pomegranate Tea

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Posted by Mykl (Vancouver, Wa) on 01/31/2011

One of the biggest contributors to digestive problems is that most people tend to swallow their food too soon, meaning, not chewing it enough/long enough. Chew more swallow less. That said, I've been using apple cider vinegar (ACV) for quite some time now and I suffered with very bad heartburn/acid reflux for years. Then I came across ACV therapy while researching H2o2 therapy. There's another therapy that will amaze you. H2o2 and ACV therapy make a good pair to draw too.

As for ACV and mixing it with something try about 6 oz of Pomegranate green tea and a table spoon of ACV. I personally use 2 about tablespoons. Mornings and late afternoons. When I first tried apple cider vinegar to combat my acid reflux (and don't let anyone tell you acid reflux is a disease, big pharma pushes this) I would take it straight. If this is new for you be ready to think you've made a mistake. Why? It will heat you up from your sinuses through your throat, esophagus into the belly. The vapors will make it feel like it's taking your breath away. Steel yourself and muscle through it, do not breath. Don't fret the heat you feel from it, it dissipates rapidly and you'll be amazed. This is my personal experience. I have had no acid reflux in 2 years. One slight case due to, guess what? "diet". I lost 25 lbs and I've kept it off for a year and a half now.

note: your liver/kidneys love apple cider vinegar. Every cell in your body loves H2o2. Research hydrogen peroxide. Food grade!

Apple Cider Vinegar in Apple Juice

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Posted by Wacoastalgirl (Seattle, Washington) on 06/18/2012

Thanks for the apple cider vinegar recipe in apple juice. I was just trying to get back to drinking apple cider vinegar (ACV) with water. It was still hard to get down so I made a larger drink by adding some cold apple juice to the water & apple cider vinegar. I plan to take it daily this way from now on, since I'm diabetic and limit my juice intake. The watered down Apple juice cold water 2Tbs ACV, it the way to go!

Apple Cider Vinegar in Apple Juice
Posted by Dale (Poulsbo, Wa) on 02/18/2012

I don't understand why anyone would try taking apple cider vinegar (ACV) straight. I take about 2 tea spoons ACV mixed with about 4 Tbs of apple juice. Taste is not strong at all. This mix works great and is not hard to take. By the way, you only taste the first and last swollow of any liquid.

Apple Cider Vinegar Lemonade

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Posted by Masquita (The South) on 05/12/2016

Vinegar Lemonade.

I started mixing up a gallon of "lemonade":

  • 1 cup bottled lemon juice
  • 8 packets of stevia
  • Put in fridge and chill well.

Pour some in a glass, then pour in however much raw apple cider vinegar you can handle. I used to HATE drinking vinegar, even though I believed in its benefits. I just couldn't get it down. Now, I love it and drink it several times a day, as much as I want.

Apple Cider Vinegar Lemonade
Posted by Mama02girls (Moundsville, Wv) on 06/16/2009

I have trouble swallowing apple cider vinegar in water so here is a recipe that I think tastes like lemonade and really makes it easy to drink.

1 cup water
2 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
2 packets lemon powder (It's all natural ground up powdered lemon sold near the spices- it comes in a box of 18 packets-ask your grocer- the regular grocery stores carry it, it comes in orange and lime, too!
two packets Stevia Powder (health food store or regular grocery store).

This tastes like regular lemonade with a kick to me! I do suggest that you drink the regular apple cider vinegar in water first, that way you can appreciate how great and normal this tastes! Good luck!

Apple Cider Vinegar Shots

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Posted by Edward C. (Omaha, Nebraska) on 07/04/2013

I take apple cider vinegar once a day by the capful. None of this diluted nonsense. I am 79 years old and going strong. Started drinking cider vinegar 30 years ago. Haven't been sick since. Good stuff.

Apple Cider Vinegar Shots
Posted by Dianna (Las Vegas, Nevada) on 05/07/2009

My brother swears by apple cider vinegar (ACV) so i take 1 shot of it with water i take a big sip of acv back it up with water it takes me 3 sips to finish the shot then i kill the horrible taste (i dont like vineger) with a teaspoon of salsa the kind found by vegetables its in sm. plastic container it takes away that cruicial taste have it next to u ive been doing 1 shot daily but im gonna increase it to twice daily!

Apple Cider Vinegar Summer Tonic

Posted by Earth Clinic (USA) on 07/06/2013

Our apple cider vinegar summer tonic is very refreshing in summer months:

1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
1 Quart of Water

Add 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar to a quart of water and add ice cubes. Drink this on a hot summer day, especially before working out. Your body will feel very cleansed and your energy alive with life!

Apple Cider Vinegar Winter Tonic

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Posted by Earth Clinic (USA) on 07/06/2013

Our apple cider vinegar winter tonic is perfect in those cold winter months, especially after coming inside from a refreshing walk!

Winter Tonic Ingredients:
2 Teaspoons of Apple Cider Vinegar
Mug of Hot Water

Add 2 Teaspoons of Apple Cider vinegar to a mug filled with hot water and drink this up to 3 times a day. Add a few shakes of cayenne pepper if you REALLY want an energy buzz!

Replied by Lilnor

Just wondering how the ACV effects tooth decay. I recently had a suprise when I had 2 cavities after adding fresh squeezed lime juice to my daily bottle of water. If I am sipping water with ACV all day will won't I be introducing acids with the lime, to my mouth environment?

Replied by Carly

I take 2 tablespoons ACV with 8oz hot water, 2 tablespoons of Organic honey and cinnamon. Its wonderful! Tastes like a hot, spiced apple cider. Or apple flavored tea.

Cold Apple Cider Vinegar Drink

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Posted by Antonia (Ithaca, Ny/usa) on 12/13/2012

I have been drinking apple cider vinegar (ACV) for 6 years for my acid reflux AND bile reflux and it works every time. BUT... I have some sage advice you will appreciate. DO NOT use regular ACV you find in your average grocery store. That stuff is like battery acid and does not work as well, taste as good or is as beneficial as Organic Unfiltered apple cider vinegar. That filtered ACV is bad, bad, bad. I mix my organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar 50/50 with water and keep it cold in the fridge. If you take a couple of swigs before eating it will prevent problems. If you are having an acid/bile problem then take a couple of swigs and wait 5 minutes. If the problem continues take two more swigs. That usually does the trick but there are those rare occasions that I have to do three doses, but it ALWAYS works. After 7 years on Protonics and then Prilosec I now ONLY use this apple cider vinegar and it works better than those drugs, with no side affects AND other great benefits.

Daniel's Recipe

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Posted by Daniel (Quapaw, Ok) on 07/07/2015

I have recently been reading up on ACV remedies, and I also have a coworker that drinks a glass every day RELIGIOUSLY, so I thought it would be worth a try. I used some ideas from other people's posts on here (THANK YOU! ), and I have come up my own version of the recipe for my dad and I. He HATES trying new things (a lot in fear of getting an upset stomach), and he is very picky on flavors of food and drinks that he does/doesn't like.

I put the following recipe together as something he will hopefully be willing to drink, and maybe even be a flavor he LIKES! At first I tried just mixing ACV in sweet tea as well as tomato juice, and although the tomato juice worked better, neither seemed to be covering the bitterness of the ACV quite well enough to be a drink anyone could truly enjoy. I went to Walmart last night and bought some new ingredients to try something different, and here is what I came up with:

  • 2 TBSP - Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 TSP - Baking Soda
  • 1 TSP - Stevia Sweetener
  • 1/2 TSP - Coconut Cooking Oil

All the ingredients together only cost $15-$20, or higher if you go with the name-brands.

Stir it all together in a full size drinking glass, fill it the rest of the way up with cold water, stir again, add ice for a nice chilled drink, and ENJOY!

I just had a glass myself and it tasted more bitter ACV taste!!! The coconut oil is simply to add extra health benefits, and the coconut oil brand I found was already put in a liquid form for easy mixing instead of using typical extra virgin coconut oil that comes in the "jelly-like" form.

I am hoping this will help my dad and I on a multitude of problems...bad allergies, congestion, breathing problems, restlessness, insomnia, low energy levels, high triglycerides, blood pressure, migraine headaches, acid reflux, constipation, anxiety, depression, blood clots, cysts, various forms of cancer, GERD, water retention, acne/skin irritations, heart health, and hopefully some others too!

I hope this recipe helps someone else out there (I RARELY have time to write online posts), and I will try to give more information once we start seeing/feeling some of the benefits. I will be mixing a glass for my dad as soon as he wakes up from his nap, and hopefully he likes the new recipe!

By the way, I tried adding some cinnamon to the recipe, and it didn't work out too well, haha...I wouldn't recommend trying that one! Thanks again to all the contributors out there!!!

Fresh Juice With Apple Cider Vinegar

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Posted by Ann (Elizabethtown, K7) on 10/14/2009

I juice every morning with an apple, orange, strawberries, blueberries, and kiwi and add 2 TBSP of ACV and I have lost 20lbs since January. The good thing is that I lost my weight slowly and will likely maintain it. This is the best I've felt in years!

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