Apple Cider Vinegar Drink Recipe – Basic Tonic

Apple cider vinegar is amazing stuff with a myriad of health benefits. This basic apple cider vinegar tonic recipe can help you lose weight, combat fatigue, prevent leg cramps and night cramps, and so much more…

1-2 teaspoons raw, unpasteurized Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
1 glass water


Mix 1-2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water. Take 3 times daily, before or during meals.

It's not hard to make your own apple cider vinegar from either cores and peels or whole apples, check out the homemade cider vinegar recipe to see how easy it is.

If you're using store-bought ACV be sure to get one that's organic, unfiltered, and unpasteurized in order to get the most benefit from it. Bragg's make a really good quality cider vinegar. It's the next best thing to your own homemade cider vinegar . It's called Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar Raw, Organic, Unfiltered, with the ‘mother'. You can order it online here. If it's your first order with them use the discount code WEZ300 to get a bit of a discount off their already great prices.

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  1. Cheryl Schistad says:

    HI Donna,
    Since you discussed the dangers of using ACV at full strength, what is the ratio for the 2 – 3 teaspoons of ACV to water that you would recommend…
    I love the idea of Kale chips but realize the kale by itself with OO and salt and ACV will be good enough for me.
    On another note, have you any ideas on what would cause someone to crave salt?
    Thank you for your blog….

  2. Jeanne says:

    Trying it now for the first time. Water is real cold,
    which helps. Seems o.k. If good for me, I will do it,
    and not gagging, lol 🙂 lol…. so. It’s a “can do”
    drink. (Some aren’t!!!) To a great day for all. J

  3. Rita says:

    I have the same problem. The adrenal glands are fatigued,in other words tired from exess stress.investigate on this

  4. steph says:

    would any kind of ACV work?

    • Donna says:

      Hi Steph, theoretically any type of ACV will work. But how the quality of the ACV is pretty critical. If it’s been pasteurized, all the good enzymes, and micro-organisms will be dead. If it’s not made from organic apples you may have pesticide residue in it. It’s best if it’s unfiltered too, but I would say that raw and organic are the most important qualities, in that order. You can always make your own too, I have a recipe and instructions for doing that here.

  5. Pixie says:

    Can I use honey instead of sugar when I make the recipe to grow Kombucha ?

    • Elizabeth says:

      No, honey may not be used because of its antibiotic properties. Use regular cane sugar (white) or a combination of white and evaporated cane juice. Make sure the label reads cane sugar otherwise you might be getting GMO products, i.e., from GMO beets.

  6. Debbie says:

    How do you keep the gnats from swarming around the covered jar? Thanks.

  7. Richie says:

    It really helps with my low stomach acid levels. Just feels good overall.

  8. Elizabeth says:

    Just ran across this site — thank you. As to ACV, I’ve found the best for me is simply to fill a pint size canning jar with water and add 2 tsp. raw apple cider vinegar. Sip throughout the day especially before meals. Has done wonders for my bloating. Don’t take before bed — might result in frequent bathroom trips. Large amounts of the ACV, i.e., 2-3 Tblsp. resulted in my blood pressure being lowered by too much.

  9. Discoutech says:

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    the good work!

  10. clarizza says:

    It tastes horrible. Very bitter and sour, and has the gross smell of strong vinegar. Very foul. Don’t get your hopes up.

    • Tammy says:

      That’s because your ph levels are off. After you drink it for a while and your blood is cleansed and at the right levels the taste will improve as well…

      • Donna says:

        Thanks Tammy, that makes sense to me. I notice how my own tastes, and what I crave changes. Our bodies communicate so much to us.

        • moe says:

          Just add stevia and enough water to make it taste good.

          • Nicole says:

            Tammy, Very interesting to know regarding ph levels. I have been mixing it with lemon juice, honey, and cinnamon, at first I had to drink it really fast to avoid the taste of the apple cider..I have been drinking for about 1 week and have noticed a difference in the taste. The taste does not bother me at all anymore.

          • JB says:

            Adding stevia is defeats the purpose what this drink does – there is a synergy w/ the ACV and honey and water. And yes, after drinking it consistently, your body starts to crave it, is happy to have it, and it tastes good and does great things for your body.

    • Sea Wolf says:

      It tastes like vinegar because it isn’t full of the sugar and other crap that you probably prefer. ACV tonic has been around longer than you, believe it or not. It isn’t anything new. ACV in the water for my laying hens also keeps them healthy and prevents them getting colds in the winter. ACV has more uses than this and maybe using your research skills will show you that it is indeed a very useful home remedy and resource.

    • Errol says:

      Try a table spoon of apple cider vinigar and a tea spoon of honey with hot water in a glass or small cup. you cannnot taste the vinigar much. I find taking this about 30 minuites beforte i go to bed helps me sleep like a baby and i find it very tasteful.

    • Ezz says:

      try using pineapple or apple juice or any other fruit juice with your ACV, but do not use juice drinks that have sugar added.

    • Don says:

      use 1 tsp or less of raw/regular
      honey…not clover

  11. Denise Grassart says:

    can you eat the stuff at the bottom of the bottle? Looks icky.

    • Donna says:

      You can eat it Denise, but you may not want to, more due to the texture than anything. If so just use a strainer when you are pouring the ACV off and you’re close to the bottom of the bottle.

      • Denise Grassart says:

        Thank you Donna. That’s what my instincts said, but I didn’t want to be throwing away something that was beneficial.

    • Stacy says:

      You should be shaking the bottle so that all of that stuff at the bottom is mixed in.

  12. dj says:

    I add a pinch of cinnamon and a few drops of vanilla stevia to the drink and it is very tasty

    • Donna says:

      Thanks dj, that sounds yummy! I love the combination of vanilla stevia and sour things, like lemon, lime, ACV. It kind of reminds me of vanilla cream sodas I think.

  13. Tammy says:

    Add 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon, it’s a natural antinflamitory, it also helps to keep your blood sugar leveled out, and it makes it taste great!!!

  14. Madeline says:

    do u drink the whole thing and keep making more for the 3 times a day ?
    (apple cider vinegar tonic)
    Thank you !

  15. bertha says:

    can the ACV water be used by some one who is going through dialysis?

  16. Shy says:

    Hi! Is it ok to use organic coconut sugar to sweeten it up a bit? Would this contradict your aim to lose fats? Thanks.

    • Donna says:

      Hi Shy, I sweeten it up with honey, or stevia, or use fruit (see my recipes for the ACV Chia drink). I think it’s better to do what you need to in order to get the ACV in you than to not drink it because you don’t like the taste. Once you add your coconut sugar so that you can start drinking it you can gradually decrease the amount of coconut sugar you use as you become more accustomed to the taste. Any sweetener with a lower glycemic index is going to be better, because it’s not going to spike your blood sugar, which causes your body to release the hormone insulin in order to regulate the blood sugar. Insulin in your blood stream tells the body to store fat.

  17. srinivasan k says:

    Hai, I have started to drink Acv 1tsp with 200ml of water. I am having severe nausea& disturbed sleep. Started yesterday only. Any suggestions to overcome please??

  18. John says:

    Has anyone had success at losing weight using ACV and if so was it a slow peocess>

    • Donna says:

      Natural, healthy weight loss generally is a slow process John. It’s not a magic bullet for sure, and most people have many positive changes they could make to both their diet and exercise program to speed up weight loss. I think that if people are still eating a lot of processed foods, artificial sweeteners, things they have food intolerances for, then they could be taking ACV every day and still not see a positive difference in their weight. But it’s probably working to keep them a little healthier, help their body cope with the stress they are putting it under, help them stay a little more disease free than they would otherwise. But all that is a very hard thing to quantify, because we never know what would happen if we didn’t do it.

  19. patti says:

    I am adding a squirt of Mio in it actually orange Tang Mio and it is excellent!! Goes down easily!! Tastes great!

  20. Kailah says:

    I was out of lemon juice for lemon water,and had never tried a drink with apple cider vinegar before. I put a couple small spoonfuls in a mug full of water and thought it was pretty good! Cheers to a nice, refreshing drink!

  21. Maria says:

    I’ve bought the ‘Biona’ organic ACV because I tend to have high blood pressure and cholesterol. I’ve been taking natural ingredients cholesterol treatment for 21 days but I’m still on the horrible, full of side effects HBP drugs even though I take hawthorn leaves , berries and roots in drops and my HBP is now almost normal. Will the ACV lower the HBP and will 1 tsp x 3 daily in 200ml water be sufficient or it needs to be 2 tsp in 200ml x 3 times daily in 200ml water to do the ‘trick’?

    • Donna says:

      Hi Maria. Sorry I am not a medical professional, so I can’t advise you on things of a medical nature. I’m pretty sure you would need to actually see someone in person though, in order to get all your questions answered. You might want to seek out an integrative physician who knows and can help you with both the allopathic and alternative treatments.

  22. Sharon Lockhart says:

    I am looking for a recipe or information about using Raw uncooked Apple Juice, that was frozen with some Apple Cider and if it will become Apple Cider Vinegar?
    Does anyone know if this is possible?
    I have a gallon jar full of just apple juice and apple cider, sitting with a cloth on the top.
    I just need to know if it will eventually become vinegar?

  23. Charity says:

    How much water is a freakin glass of water?

    • Timothy Cllifford says:

      A glass of water is whatever you’ve chosen for your “everyday” water glasses in your home. Forget the: “8, 8oz glasses of water a day”. That was always bullshize anyway. Grab a glass, put as much water (warm I say) in the glass as you’d drink at the time (decreases appetite too). I take mine before I start making breakfast. Also, I generally take a big drink, let it burn the do-do off the back of your tongue (helps with breath all day!), and then I just drink the rest as if I’d come in from playing when I was a kid. That’s a glass of water. Don’t make it difficult.
      Glass of warm water (don’t ask how warm is warm)
      2 tsps of Raw, unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar (with the “Mother’, that’s very *important, and shake it all up Baby before each mix. You want that mother in there mother) BTW (that’s: By The Way folks): All good grocery chains carry “Raw, unfiltered, organic (maybe) Apple Cider Vinegar, with the Mother typed on the label, next to the filtered (clear) cooking vinegar. I have found it in every good, full scale grocery chain in America.

  24. May says:

    Take one glass with 1-2 teaspoons divided into three times a day, or three glasses with ACV – that is, a glass with ACV with every meal?

  25. peter b says:

    Add some grated fresh ginger and stevia, 100% taste improvement

  26. Minnie says:

    Do you have a recipe for gout?

  27. Cheryl Coldiron says:

    I put a little honey in mine and a little Ceylon cinnamon.

  28. francille says:

    Just a question, I use to drink ACV and it would burn my stomach really bad. Is this because I am using to much, or I am not using it correctly. I was also told it was good for stomach burns. But it really burns my stoach

  29. Don says:

    Hi. I have GERD. I have read that Apple cider vinegar turns alkaline when consumed. I would prefer to not take it on an empty stomach nevertheless. Could I take it after breakfast & before dinner? Will the effects be the same?