Apple Cider Vinegar and Cranberry Detox Drink

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We all have those times we wish we could just hit the reset button. Unfortunately, reality being what it is, there’s no do-over for when you accidentally sleep through your alarm, like an ex’s Instagram post from three years ago, or paste a long “what are we” text from your drafts into a message to your boss instead of  the phone number you thought you copied. (Just me? Okay, moving on then.)

There is, however, a reset button when it comes to your diet. No, strictly speaking, you can’t undo a month of Christmas cookies or a week of fine dining and cocktails on the beach. (Nor should you want to!) But the right detox drink can help you refresh, reset, and get back on track. This apple cider vinegar and cranberry detox drink can help kickstart your metabolism, boost energy, and rev up a sluggish digestive system. ACV and cranberry juice are the perfect combo to help detox kidneys, liver, circulatory system, and give your immune system a boost. This detox may even be helpful for a quick hangover cure (although we can’t promise a reset on any of the embarrassing drunk texts you sent.) 

Why It Works

Whether we’e talking about our bodies or our social media habits, “detox” and “cleanse” are words that get tossed around a lot. But what exactly do we talk about when we talk about detoxing?

Essentially, detoxing is a way of getting your body to do the things it should be doing more efficiently. It’s like closing all your tabs and restarting your computer when it’s going slow. It helps rid your body of the things it doesn’t need to get it working at its optimal functionality.

Hydration is obviously key to any health plan. Hydrating with detox drinks like this one helps accelerate the process, flushing out your system and giving your body a fresh start. Of course, what you put into your body is just as important as what you cleanse it of. When you start your day with this apple cider vinegar and cranberry detox drink, you’ll replace all those toxins with tons of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes.

Whether you need to restart after a night of sugary cocktails, a month of heavy holiday meals, or just a plain old diet slump (it happens to the best of us), this refreshing apple cider vinegar and cranberry detox drink will cleanse and revitalize so you can get back on track.

Go Ahead, Press Reset

By the way, when we say “refreshing,” we do mean refreshing. This drink is as tart as it sounds. It’s made with real, clean, refreshing ingredients. Sorry, no sticky, sugary cranberry juice cocktail here. This mix of fresh ingredients makes for a bold drink that will wake you up inside and out. Serve cold to get the most out of this morning restart.

There may not be any reset button for your social media blunders, wrong numbers, and embarrassing drunken moments. But with the right detox drink, you can hit always hit reset on your health and fitness goals.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Cranberry Detox Drink

Does your body need a restart? Kick up your metabolism and give your energy a boost with this tangy and refreshing detox drink.
Prep Time2 mins
Total Time2 mins
Course: Drinks
Keyword: Quick and Easy
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 41kcal


  • 1/4 cup cranberry juice, no sugar added
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon or lime juice


  • Combine all ingredients. Mix well and serve cold!


Serving: 8ounces | Calories: 41kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Sodium: 7mg | Sugar: 8g
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 1

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50 Comments on "Apple Cider Vinegar and Cranberry Detox Drink"

  1. Maria  February 28, 2019

    Do you drink it in the morning once a day?

  2. Amy  April 25, 2019

    What brand of Apple cider vinegar do you like to use?

  3. Gale Compton  May 14, 2019

    Vivian, I don’t recommend drinking more than once per day.

  4. LINDA Kauffman  May 28, 2019

    Is this good weight loss program ? Or should you just use it to rid yourself of toxins? An is it not for every day use ?

    • Gale Compton  June 1, 2019

      Linda, This drink is not a weight loss program but one you can enjoy a few times weekly. It’s designed as a detox drink.

  5. Jane  June 24, 2019

    Do you need to have this on an empty stomach? Also if you have it do you need to wait to eat?

    • Erin Milller  July 8, 2019

      Hi Jane,

      While we recommend drinking this in the morning before breakfast, it is not mandatory to do so. You can drink it whenever, even after you’ve eaten. 🙂

  6. Brent Hefferan  June 30, 2019

    What are the measurements needed if I want to make a gallon of this stuff regularly?

    • Erin Milller  July 8, 2019

      Hi Brett,

      There are 16 (8 oz.) glasses in a gallon, so you would need to multiply the current recipe by 16. Assuming my math is correct, the ingredients would be: 4 cups of no sugar added cranberry juice; 8 cups of cold water; 32 TBSPs (which is 2 cups) of Apple Cider Vinegar; and 16 TSPs (which is 1/3 cup) of Lemon or Lime Juice.

    • Kiara Dockery  July 24, 2019

      Is regular vinegar better to use than the apple cider vinegar

      • Nichole Furlong  July 24, 2019

        Apple cider vinegar has more nutritional value and probiotics. It’s a much better choice than “regular” vinegar.

  7. Mart  July 25, 2019

    Can I take this drink with my AM pill assortment ?

    • Gale Compton  July 28, 2019

      Mart, Check with your doctor if you have any concerns. 🙂

  8. pam  August 9, 2019

    Do you have to put the ACV in the refer after opening?

  9. Ally  August 20, 2019

    Do you eat to or do you just drink this and can you also eat and drink one glass a day

    • Erin Milller  August 20, 2019

      Hi Ally,

      Yes, you should eat plenty of nutritious foods along with this detox drink. This beverage is just meant to enhance the work that your kidneys and liver are already doing. While it is not necessary to drink more than once or twice per week, you may drink it more than that if you’d like. We do not recommend drinking this more than once per day. Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day, as well. Of course if you have any concerns, you should definitely speak to your doctor. Hope that helps 🙂

  10. Sammie  August 31, 2019

    What brand of cranberry juice do you recommend?

    • Erin Milller  August 31, 2019

      Hi Sammie,

      Any cranberry juice that is 100% pure, with no added sugar or artificial colors/sweeteners is the best option. Ocean Spray Pure Cranberry (unsweetened) is a good option! Feel free to look around though 🙂

  11. Teresa Cooke  September 25, 2019

    Can you use another juice besides Cranberry?

    • Nichole Furlong  September 25, 2019

      Cranberry is best for this detox drink. It has the best antioxidants to pair with the apple cider vinegar.

  12. Carrie  November 16, 2019

    Does it need to be refrigerated? How long is the shelf life if corked in a bottle?

    • Nichole Furlong  November 17, 2019

      Hi Carrie, yes this should be refrigerated. It should keep for up to one week.

  13. Leanne L  December 9, 2019

    Is this ok to use if you are intermittent fasting? I am on a 16:8 fasting protocol and this sounds like something that I would like to incorporate. Even though it would technically break my fast, I think I would drink this first thing in the morning, then get on with my normal routine.

    • Erin Milller  December 10, 2019

      Hi Leanne,

      That should be fine. Intermittent fasting is just another way to regulate caloric intake, so as long as you make it fit into your calories needed for the day, it shouldn’t be an issue 🙂

  14. Jacqueline  December 12, 2019

    Is it safe while breastfeeding?

    • Nichole Furlong  December 15, 2019

      Hi Jacqueline, that question is best for your physician!

  15. Denise  December 24, 2019

    Is the lemon or lime just for taste? I’d prefer not to add it.

    • Nichole Furlong  January 2, 2020

      Hi Denise, you can omit the lemon/lime.

  16. Debbie  December 27, 2019

    I’m allergic to apples. Would regular vinegar work?

    • Nichole Furlong  January 2, 2020

      Hi Debbie, unfortunately no, regular vinegar will not work. The apple cider vinegar contains nutrition other vinegar do not have.

  17. GloriaZ  December 30, 2019

    I bought Trader Joe’s unsweetened cranberry juice…man was it tart! I can typically handle a shot ACV, but mixed with the cranberry juice….I am struggling to keep it down!! I think I’ll water it down more next time😖

  18. Annmarie  February 28, 2020

    Nichole,can you still take vitamins while doing this Cranberry ASV detox?

    • Gale Compton  March 4, 2020

      Annmarie, You daily vitamins should be fine. 🙂

  19. Lynn  April 15, 2020

    Should I just do this once a month or do you recommend twice a month?

    • Erin Miller  April 16, 2020

      Hi Lynn,

      It’s up to you! You can drink it once a month, twice a month, or even once or twice per week.

  20. Deidre  April 25, 2020

    Can I use diet cranberry juice and still have the same effect?

  21. Shelly M  May 9, 2020

    Does this help at all with constipation? Any suggestions ?? I’m a healthy eater, lots of. Veggies, fiber, water. Hmmmm🤔

    • Gale Compton  May 10, 2020

      Shelly, You might want to check with your doctor regarding constipation. Be sure to continue with a healthy diet.

  22. Julissa Herrera  May 13, 2020

    If I were to use a sugary crane berry juice, will it still work?
    Or would it be pointless?

    • Nichole Furlong  May 14, 2020

      Hi Julissa, it’s best to avoid sugar for this detox drink.

  23. Jennifer  July 23, 2020

    Hi, I do this every morning after I do my morning walk. I think it is very refreshing and it does boost my energy as well. I use Bragg’s ACV(a teaspoon), unsweetened cranberry juice, and honey (teaspoon) and to me, it is very good. Not bitter. I havn’t tried it with lemon yet, but of course, lemon is a good detox for the kidney as well. I have also notice my stomach fat shrinking. I am not 100% sure if it from this concoction or not, but I have noticed a slight difference.

  24. Clinthera  August 20, 2020

    What exactly is this detox for ?

    • Gale Compton  August 21, 2020

      It is primarily for detoxing toxins from the body.

  25. Gszi  August 20, 2020

    I’m just curious would it make me go to the bathroom right away or do I need to wait till the weekend

    • Gale Compton  August 21, 2020

      Keep in mind, toxins also leave the body though pores (perspiring) and/or going to the bathroom. I prefer to start a detox on Mondays, but that’s just me. It’s a personal choice.


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