Apple Cider Vinegar Honey Detox Drink

The idea of a vinegar honey detox seems polarizing to me. Mixing something very sweet with something very sour and drinking it in the interest of good health seems counter-productive, but I am going to trust the process. I’ve been feeling the late-winter blues. And the finicky weather is to blame! Just as the sun comes out, the weather takes a turn for the worst and we see snow the next day. In need of rejuvenation and to break out of this sluggish routine, I decided to test my mixology skills with a special cocktail.

ACV Detox tea and Waxing Kara Eastern Shore Wildflower Honey

ACV Honey Detox here I come

By now, we’re all familiar with the benefits of taking apple cider vinegar. Packed with B vitamins and probiotics, apple cider vinegar is a beneficial addition to your diet. That’s exactly why I mixed up this apple cider vinegar honey detox drink. Quite the mouthful, but it’s just what you need this time of year.

You either love Vinegar or you hate it. I enjoy it, and I also like other fermented foods, so this might just be something I add to my regular diet. To sweeten up my vinegar drink, I added a spoonful of honey to the mixture.

A word of caution: don’t drink undiluted vinegar. The acidity of the vinegar will damage your teeth over time and may upset your stomach. Add vinegar to your salad dressings, into lemon water, or enjoy in this apple cider vinegar honey detox drink.

Apple Cider Vinegar Honey Detox made from scratch. Woman making apple cider vinegar with fresh picked apples in large glass jar.
Making Apple Cider Vinegar from scratch

What is ACV? Is it really made from apples?

The answer is yes! ACV is short for Apple cider vinegar and it’s basically spoiled apple juice; in fact, vinegar is the French word for spoiled wine. The process for making vinegar is actually simple and includes two steps:

  • Yeast is added to crushed apples and their juice to create alcohol
  • Fermentation of alcohol occurs with the addition of bacteria

Apple cider vinegar traditionally takes up to one month to ferment and produce. The fermented alcohol becomes acetic acid, which gives vinegar its bite.

Acetic acid has health benefits

The mother, or “floaties” within the liquid, provides most of the health benefits. Moreover, the mother contains probiotics, which is often the key to weight loss. Probiotics are for gut health. When we balance our gut, digestion improves. By adding one or two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to your diet, it ultimately aids in overall health.

How to Make Apple Cider Vinegar Detox Tea

  • Add honey to warm water and stir until the honey is fully dissolved.
  • Add apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, cinnamon.
  • Drink when fully combined.
ACV tea on Chesterhaven Beach Farm

Key health benefits

  • In a study, apple cider vinegar was found to aid in weight loss. Individuals who consumed one to two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar every day, in addition to reducing calorie consumption, were found to lose weight over a 12 week period. Their counterparts in the study, who cut calories but did not take vinegar, did not lose as much weight.
  • Apple cider vinegar may lower blood sugar and help to balance sugar levels.

Apple Cider Vinegar Honey Detox is safe for most people

We are not doctors or overly educated health practitioners at Waxing Kara. We can, however, attest to our personal experiences and whatever research is readily available to us. The truth is, many of the studies are small, and not overly robust.

The research on ACV and honey detox that is available is promising as it relates to blood sugar management, heart health, and balancing bacteria.

Recommended dosage

ACV is considered relatively safe to try, in doses below 2 tbsp per day. Important to note, we did not do this detox more than once daily for 5 days.

What to avoid on the ACV and honey Detox Usage

  • Please refrain from using this detox drink if you are under medical care for illness or on medications without guidance and advice from your doctor.
  • Don’t overdo this ACV detox. Moderation is the key to good living.
  • Apple cider vinegar is acidic. NEVER drink it without diluting it first.
  • Acid erodes tooth enamel and will burn your mouth and throat.
  • To avoid stomach upset, do not take ACV on an empty stomach.
  • If this drink irritates the throat, follow drinking the tea with drinking a glass of water.
On the set of the making of the ACV recipe on Chesterhaven Beach Farm

Customize this Apple Cider Vinegar Honey Detox Drink

We always encourage you to play with your food. Create your very own tasty detox drink with your favorite tea and honey to make it more interesting.

  • To spice it up, add a dash of cayenne pepper
  • Add ½ teaspoon of turmeric (for the added anti-inflammatory properties)
  • Try fresh ginger root in this tea
  • Use Coconut water instead of filtered water
  • Try organic hot green tea for the base of this health cocktail.
  • Garnish with fresh herbs
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Apple Cider vinegar tea

Apple Cider Vinegar Honey Detox

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Apple Cider Vinegar Honey Detox, detox tea, tea
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 79kcal
Do you know the benefits of taking apple cider vinegar? It's packed with B vitamins and probiotics and is a beneficial addition to your diet. Add to tea to promote detoxification.
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  • 16 oz warm water
  • 1 tbsp Waxing Kara Honey Waxing Kara
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp lemon juice fresh squeezed
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon


  • Add honey to warm water and stir until the honey is fully dissolved.
  • Add apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, cinnamon.
  • Drink when fully combined.



Calories: 79kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Sodium: 25mg | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin C: 11.6mg | Calcium: 27mg

Other Apple Cider Vinegar Recipes that you will love:

These easy pickled onions stay fresh in an airtight refrigerated container for at least a week, using Apple Cider Vinegar in the recipe not only adds to the flavor, but it makes this recipe even better for you!

Easy Pickled Onions

This recipe will turn any salad, burger or piece of fish into a work of art in no time!
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This Simple Salad Dressing with honey and ACV only adds depth of flavor to even the most rudimentary salad.

Simple Salad Dressing

Simple and delicious. This flavorful dressing can be used on salad, fish, chicken or assorted vegetables and takes only minutes to mix.
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ACV even helps bees

Believe it or not, we add Apple Cider Vinegar to our bee food. There are a few times of the year that we must feed our bees. Feeding bees stimulates them. We use this feeding as an opportunity to build their microbiome, by adding a tablespoon or two of ACV. I can tell you first-hand that there has been a notable difference in their overall health and performance since we started this practice over a year ago.

25 thoughts on “Apple Cider Vinegar Honey Detox Drink”

    • I would imagine so, but if it’s too strong for your taste or too acidic, maybe start where you are comfortable and water it down less over time! ;)

  1. How often can you drink the detox tea what time should you drink the tea in the mornings what time should you eat after drinking the tea what foods should you eat for breakfast lunch and dinner it’s my first time drinking the tea so I’m looking some guide lines thank you and happy new year.

  2. Ferrilia, I would not overdo this. Instead I would ease into this, start with a teaspoon of ACV in the tea for the first day. Day 2 I would try one Tablespoon in the tea. I would not exceed 2 Tablespoons total (in the tea) ever, and I would not do this for more than 5 days. Thank you for inspiring me to edit this blog a bit to include this information. Happy New Year to you too!

  3. Hello! Can this be made in a large quantity and refrigerated to use over the week? I don’t have time in the morning to make as I get up to go to gym in early hours.

  4. Carolyn, As long as it’s refrigerated, I can’t imagine why not, though it truly only takes a few minutes to throw this together. It may “gel” a little but all you have to do is heat it up.

  5. I’m missing something here – what is “this” that we shouldn’t overdo: using 2 T of ACV or drinking this “tea” more than 5 days in a row? If this tea is only for 5 days in a row, how often can it be repeated? Once a month? yearly? Thanks for any clarification!

    • Hi Margie, Thanks for writing. I actually revised this blog about a month or so ago when one of our readers called me at our Honey House to tell me that he was doing this tea every day, twice a day. I am not a physician. It didn’t sound like a good idea to me. Also, in further looking into this blog I came to realize that over many thousands of people are reading this blog monthly and it dawned on me that maybe what’s good for you and I may not necessarily be good for someone who is into their 70s and may have challenges with ingesting too much of this tea. I hope this clears that up. Thank you for writing.

  6. Thank you for replying. Is there a different page to look at for your revisions? I understand – and applaud – the idea of moderation, but what does that moderation look like? Is drinking this mix daily immoderate? Is it better to use it 5 days on and some number of days off? I understand that you can not “prescribe” this, but I would love more specific guidelines for moderate use.

    • Margie, I do this detox twice a day for 5 days when I want to get back into good habits. When I do this, I cut all the “white” out of my diet (anything that contains processed flour or sugar), eat only lean meats (once a day at most and usually turkey or fish), and remove alcohol from my diet. I use this tea as a way to “wake up” in the morning and I use it before my early dinner. In that mode, I have not experienced a single issue.

    • Jennifer, try it for a few days, once a day. If you don’t have any new heartburn (from ingesting too much acid) then sure, you can do this daily. If you experience discomfort try it every other day for 10 days, as I told Margie, I do this detox twice a day for 5 days when I want to get back into good habits. When I do this, I cut all the “white” out of my diet (anything that contains processed flour or sugar), eat only lean meats (once a day at most and usually turkey or fish), and remove alcohol from my diet. I use this tea as a way to “wake up” in the morning and I use it before my early dinner. In that mode, I have not experienced a single issue.

  7. Hi, I use this recipe daily when I feel a gout attack coming on; it helps with the pain, the one I use contains the mother and cinnamon, and turmeric combined online and is organic. I also add a teaspoon of raw organic honey and half a fresh squeezed lemon in a cup of half-boiled water.

    • Vernita, I don’t weigh myself so I do not have first-hand experience to be able to answer your question. I do this tea for good gut health. That is my priority. Thank you for writing in!

  8. I just recently heard if doing this so I googled and found your site. I am curious is this best on an empty stomach or should I eat something light first.? My sister drinks a shot of Braggs twice daily but I cannot do as my gag reflex.

  9. This is actually what I drink when I feel like I’m about to get sick. It helps me feel better immediately!!! It’s pretty amazing.

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