Apple Cider Vinegar is one of those vintage ingredients (like cod liver oil, yum.) that crops up again and again in my reading. I’ve never used it much myself though, mainly because it smells so… vinegary! I do love white vinegar for household use, and syrupy dark balsamic vinegar for eating, but cider vinegar I had relegated to the back of my cabinet. Until recently.
Googling “apple cider vinegar” uncovers a ton of sites dedicated to this ‘miracle’ ingredient. I’m always skeptical about crazy health claims (remember the claims about Queen of Hungary Water??) However, when I came across a reference to making a Gatorade-type sports drink using apple cider vinegar, honey and a pinch of salt, I thought I’d give it a try.
I bought a nice bottle of organic apple cider vinegar (ACV). On the label it states that you can take a teaspoon of ACV in water every morning as a general health tonic.
I stirred up the ACV, honey (a large heaping teaspoon, I admit) and a pinch of salt in a glass of water. Braced myself, and took a sip.
Actually, it didn’t taste like vinegar at all! It tasted quite nice. Slight apple/honey taste. Amazing!
This homemade drink is supposed to be restorative and nourishing to the body – could be good to use after a workout, gardening etc… but also was traditionally used during ‘convalescense’ (another antiquated concept – convalescing is the brilliant concept of actually RESTING after an illness to help your body heal itself).
The tastiness of this drink also got me thinking about infusing ACV with some fresh herbs like sage or thyme, and drinking it in the winter during cold/flu season.
1 tsp Apple cider vinegar
1 tsp Honey
pinch of salt
8 oz water
Stir ingredients into an 8oz glass of water until honey is dissolved, then drink.
Feeling brave enough to try this? If you do, let us know in the comments.
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