Step aside, kombucha. Here’s everything you need to know about how to make drinking vinegar.
We all know that drinking a shot of apple cider vinegar is good for us. But a shot of apple cider vinegar tastes like, well – vinegar. And who wants to keep that up day in and day out? Drinking vinegars have been around for centuries, but are just now making a comeback. A spritzy addition to your go-to summer drinks, drinking vinegars will keep you hydrated and refreshed all summer long. Here’s everything you need to know about their benefits, as well as how to make drinking vinegar from scratch.
What is drinking vinegar?
You may have heard of (or tried) the popular apple cider vinegar detox that promises to help you lose weight, detox and more. Drinking vinegars are the kinder, sweeter stepsister to the apple cider vinegar detox. If you like the idea of the benefits apple cider vinegar offers but aren’t keen on the detox (or the taste), drinking vinegars may be a great addition to your everyday diet.
Instead of just mixing vinegar with water, drinking vinegars enlist ingredients such as fruit, herbs, sweeteners and sparkling water to make them more palatable and to add extra nutrients that enhance their nutritional benefits.
What is vinegar, anyway?
To understand the benefits of drinking vinegars, it’s important to understand what vinegar alone is and why it is beneficial to our health.
Vinegar is the fermentation of a carbohydrate source by bacteria or yeast. The most common type of vinegars we see, such as balsamic vinegar, come from grapes. But vinegar can be made from any carbohydrate source, such as apples, coconuts and even corn and beets.
In a two-step process, yeast first becomes alcohol. Next, acetic acid bacteria species (AAB) ferments the sugars further, resulting in vinegar. If you’ve ever seen the stringy solution that’s at the bottom of a bottle of kombucha or vinegar, it is a sign that the unpasteurized vinegar is filled with enzymes and gut-friendly bacteria.
What are the benefits of drinking vinegars?
Improves gut health
By creating an acidic environment, vinegar improves gut health by combating “bad” bacteria and fostering beneficial bacteria. Similar to kombucha, vinegar boosts digestive absorption. In addition to helping our overall digestion, a growing body of new research suggests that our gut health is strongly connected to our mental health.
Relieves acid reflux
Those who suffer from acid reflux can find relief from drinking vinegars. Because vinegar regulates stomach acid and helps the body breakdown food, drinking vinegars can help alleviate acid reflux.
Promotes healthy cholesterol
Studies have shown that vinegar protects from arterial damage and oxidation, which is the main risk in causing high cholesterol.
Apple cider vinegar is an old folk remedy for asthma. By reducing inflammation in the airways and breaking up phlegm, drinking vinegars are especially helpful with wheezing and coughing episodes.
Regulate blood sugar levels
For those who suffer from insulin resistance or diabetes, drinking vinegars can help. They work to stabilize blood sugars by inhibiting the enzyme in your mouth that helps you digest starch. When starch is not completely digested in the body, it leaves a smaller blood sugar response – up to 20 to 40 percent. Especially after eating high glycemic foods, like white bread, drinking vinegars can help prevent any huge spikes in sugar levels.
Has antioxidant properties
Apple cider vinegar, as well as other vinegars, contain many antioxidants that help you improve immunity and help your body ward off disease.
Can aid in weight loss
Studies show that there is truth to the apple cider vinegar detox claims. The acetic acid it contains can suppress your appetite, increase your metabolism and reduce water retention.
Offers nutritional benefits
Because drinking vinegars contain other fruits and herbs, in addition to just the vinegar itself, they contain additional nutritional benefits that can boost our health and immunity.
How to make drinking vinegar
What you’ll need:
1 cup of fresh fruit (lemons, strawberries, oranges, cantaloupe – any kind you’d like)
1 cup of organic apple cider
¾ cup sugar
First, combine the fruit and vinegar into a jar. Close tightly, and shake so the contents are well combined.
Let the jar sit for 1 week at room temperature so the fruit can infuse the vinegar. After a week, strain the liquid through a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth into a clean bottle or jar. Add the sugar, shake, and store in the refrigerator for 1 more week.
Finally, when you are ready to enjoy it, pour 1-2 T into a glass. Top with sparkling water and any garnishes you’d like: turmeric, mint, cinnamon and coconut sugar all make great toppings. Garnish with some more fruit and enjoy.
If you want to make a version that you don’t need to check on, start by muddling the fruit and sugar together and topping with the vinegar. Shake, and let sit in a cool, dark place for 30 days.
Here are some great flavor combinations to try:
Oranges + raw sugar + champagne vinegar
Strawberries + mint + coconut sugar + apple cider vinegar
Lemon + basil + raw sugar + apple cider vinegar
Turmeric + ginger + raw sugar + apple cider vinegar
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