Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Drink


I will enthusiastically admit that I drank pickle juice as a child. That’s right, pickle juice – the saltier and vinegarier, the better. I remember getting so excited when we’d finish a jar of pickles, because that meant I would get to sip on the liquid that was left. My friends scrunch up their noses in disgust when I tell them this, but I am not ashamed. Because let’s face it, I had the right idea. Vinegar has been lauded as a miracle ingredient for just about everything from cooking to chemical-free cleaning to detoxing. Apple cider vinegar in particular can help with removing toxins from the blood and liver, stimulating the movement of lymph fluid, and aiding in digestion. Seriously, Google “apple cider vinegar benefits” and you’ll be shocked by what you find. Common practice is to dilute 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon with a cup of water and to drink it before eating, but don’t let me get ahead of myself. Many people cannot stand the taste of vinegar, so sipping a cup full of vinegar water probably sounds like slow torture, so I came up with a concoction that will hopefully leave your tastebuds singing and your body smiling. (Okay, that was kind of lame, but it was also kind of cute, right?)
I mixed up a drink into two big quart-sized mason jars using lemon, cucumber, mint, water, and of course, apple cider vinegar. This is a powerhouse of a drink: Lemons are known for their antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-boosting properties and aid in digestion. Cucumbers also aid in digestion and help our bodies to absorb the water and stay hydrated. Mint further helps digestion, as well as alleviates nausea, headaches, and respiratory disorders. This drink, if prepared as shown below, will help flush out your system if you drink it throughout the day. I try to finish one bottle by 2pm and the other by dinnertime. I got a lot of attention for this drink over the past couple of days from fellow yoga students at my local club. My dad mentioned how silly it is that something so simple like this could get so much attention, and it’s true – this drink is pathetically easy to make, tastes delicious, and is sugar-free. This recipe makes 2 quarts, so adjust as you would like to make the amount of water you want. Conveniently, 2 quarts is just about the daily recommended minimum!



  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 4 sprigs mint
  • 2 quarts filtered water
  • 2-6 T. apple cider vinegar (optional)


  1. Slice lemon and cucumber as thinly as possible. Divide into 2 separate quart sized bottles or mason jars.
  2. Pluck mint leaves from stems and divide into jars.
  3. Fill to the top with water, leaving room for as much apple cider vinegar as you want. I put 3 tablespoons into 32 oz of water, but love the taste of vinegar, so I suggest starting at 1 tablespoon and going up from there, tasting as you go and stopping when you feel like it is about to get too vinegary.
  4. Refrigerate overnight.
  5. Carry with you throughout the day. Enjoy!

Question of the Day:

Did you love to eat or drink anything totally strange as a kid? Or now?

Besides pickle juice, I would eat cottage cheese drizzled with olive oil and soy sauce! I can’t imagine eating that now, but apparently I inhaled it as a kid. The weirdest thing I like to do now is add celery to my goat yogurt and berries. Don’t ask why, because I really don’t know. Something about the crunch, I suppose. That might explain why I like to put chia seeds on everything as well.

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  1. I loved sipping on pickle juice as a wild child, too! I look forward to giving this detox variation a try. Thanks Becky :)

  2. *LOL* I drank pickle juice as a kid also. Thought I was alone on that one. :) I got the mumps when I was 5 or 6 and supposed to be the flower girl in my Uncle’s wedding, the morning I woke up with a swollen face. My parents took me to the ER and got the hated diagnosis. The ER Dr told them to take my home and give me a pickle to eat and if it hurt my throat bad then it was definately the mumps. *L* Well, it was the mumps and I ate the pickle with no problem. Going to have to try this drink!

    • Hi Julie!

      LOL that is too funny. I’ve never had the mumps but I can imagine it would not be fun! At least you got to eat pickles. Let me know if you try the drink! I am obsessed.


  3. Hi! Do you do this everyday? Or do for a few days then stop? I would like to lose 10 pounds and I use ACV with the Mother for lots of things. This sounds like a good drink that I would enjoy. Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Leigh!

      Yes! Although lately I have just been making up a tall (14 oz.) glass of water that I add about a tablespoon of ACV and put it next to my bed when I sleep so I can drink it immediately when I wake up in the morning. That way I never forget and I start my day off hydrated. I’m posting another version of the drink next week so check back!

  4. I loved the pickle juice snowcones I would make for myself at the movie theatre concession stand where I worked as a teenager back in the late 60s and still love all things vinegary. Can’t wait to try this drink. Thanks.

  5. Love this water!! I’ve been drinking it for about 60 days now and I feel so much better! A huge thanks for putting this out there. I have a question. Have you thought about putting a pinch of cayenne pepper into it? A small amount, tasteless. I’ve read some really great articles about the health benefits about cayenne pepper. I’d love to hear your thoughts. And ps, my sister and I used to drink pickle juice out of shot glasses when we were young too. In fact so much that one summer our sweat smelled a bit like vinegar :)

    • I am so thrilled to hear that you are having such positive results! I haven’t tried adding cayenne yet, although I do love the benefits of cayenne and will definitely try a little pinch in my water this morning. I also do a version that has cinnamon that I’ll photograph tomorrow so I can post it next week for you.

      Thank you again for your feedback! It absolutely made my day :)


  6. Tammy Holcombe says:

    I have been drinking warm water with lemon and ACV. But I am trying this with the cukes and mint for sure..

  7. I always used to want to drink the pickle juice as a kid! (But was rarely allowed to) – so now I love sipping pickle juice from the jar (usually when my bf isn’t in the kitchen – ha!) and used to crave vinegary things when I had a hangover, which now makes sense! I was looking for detox ideas today due to some health issues, and this recipe is where I’ve decided to start :) Just mixed it up, looking forward to enjoying it tomorrow!

  8. Can you reuse the lemons and such, or do I need to use fresh with every quart? (Everyday)

  9. Cheerios with sharp cheddar or limburger cheese. No milk, though.

  10. I just wanted to add that I have been doing the ACV water diet (warm concoction) now for 2 weeks. I find it to be not as tasteful whenever I had the teaspoon or 2 of honey. However, with or without the honey it works well as far as suppressing my appetite goes. I’m benefiting from more than just weight loss. I have severe acid reflux, constipation problems, and embarrassingly enough, I tend to retain tons of gas…. everyday. This ACV mixture is my quick fix…. So I am losing weigh, sleeping better, regular and just better overall. I am on day 2 of the herbal life diet. This is going to be my year. I hope to lose 70 pounds by summer, or the end of June to be more specific.

    I will do your detox water recipe and add not just the mint leaves, but also the water I have them soaked in for about a week now. It took me about 5-10 minutes to make 4 quarts and I made it according to your recipe above. I will take it to work tomorrow and sip on it throughout the day just like you suggested… then I will have the second bottle with dinner since I drink water with my dinner now anyway. I have cut out all sodas, juices, and luckily I never drank coffee. I have 4 serving of fresh fruits 5 days a week, and 2 on weekends.

    PS…. When I was a kid I was sort of addicted to eating lime with salt and vinegar. The common myth held on to in that area of the Caribbean was that too much lime would make one infertile. I didn’t heed the warnings and whenever I crave the sour stuff….. I indulged, and today I have 2 healthy children. Our bodies talk to us early on in our lives…we just have to listen to its voices and give in with moderation in mind.

  11. can u eat regularly when drinking this drink

  12. Juwairiya says:

    Hi, I have been regularly following with the detox waters and it benefits. I have even tried it. at first,i didn’t like it but gradually started to like it. Day one was fine, but day two got me into trouble. I has severe pain in my legs, swollen feet and difficulty to stand properly. I thought it was due to household chores, But that wasn’t the case again. I stopped it at day three. As I kept making trips to the loo it gradually decreased, swelling and pain subsided. Though I limped initially but it go better once I finished making trips to the loo to pee.
    I tried this thrice and it was a similar condition. I’m an Indian, staying in India,
    I would like to follow to this, but was could be the reason causing me this .each time. I would be glad if someone answers this query of mine. P.S I tried Fat Flush Detox water Lemon, mint, cucumber and ginger. Used to make it at night, kept it fridge and sipped all day.

  13. I read to use raw, organic ACV that has the “mother” of the vinegar in it, which has lots of benefits! :)

  14. you might want to specify that :) THANKS FOR THE RECIPE!! :)

  15. Suzanne Oswald says:

    My kids all drink pickle juice, I did when I was young. Of course I also ate saltine crackers smeared with mustard…..

  16. Terry Arthur says:

    I was sipping pickle juice as I read this!

  17. I love to drink vinegar. I have excema and if I start to itch out of control if i tahe a table spoon of vinegar it wil stop in a few minutes. I love everthing sour from lemons to limes. I will try this recipe ASAP.

  18. Rebecca Shook says:

    I always ate mayonnaise sandwiches …. they were great

  19. I ate toast with mustard, cheese and pickles on it… I was pregnant but I did eat it! (I actually still like it and my youngest is 19)
    Cottage cheese and horseradish is delish!

  20. I ate pickles and caramel ice cream topping. Vinegary, sweet and three favorites. I love cucumber water already and lemon water, but can’t stand the smell or taste of mint (it actually makes me nauseous). Will this work without it? Also can you use English cucumbers or should I stick with the regular kind?

    • I totally understand your affinity for for that combination! And absolutely – this works just fine without mint and you can use any kind of cucumber. Let me know how you like it!

  21. Im 47 years old…wanted 2 c what myu dogs bones tasted like…liv-a-snaps…not bad…lol….great detox info….THANK YOU!!!

  22. Well the weirdest would be leftover from being preg. 20 yrs ago. White bread, miracle whip, American cheese and peanut butter. Get a craving for it every once in a while. Love pickle juice! With my first it was cheese cake and popcorn

  23. filtered water? Can I use Spring water?

  24. No one mentioned eating a peanut butter & pickle sandwich? YUMMM

  25. How long does it take to flush you out

  26. has anyone lost weight since starting to drink this? no one has yet mentioned that benefit.

  27. Wendy O says:

    I met someone that drank water made up of cucumbers, distiller vinegar and water. Her stomach was so flat. It that safe?

    • While I can’t advise on if it is safe or not, I personally would drink it because they’re all food ingredients. I think apple cider vinegar is better tasting and has more benefits (probiotics, alkalizing, etc) so I would use that instead.


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