Apple Cider Vinegar and Cranberry Detox Drink

4 from 633 votes

Hit the reset button with this refreshing and revitalizing detox drink!

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 moments. But with the right detox drink, you can hit always hit reset on your health and fitness goals.

You might want to consider trying this Instant Pot Green Detox Soup next! Need a bit more structure? You can also jump into our Three-Day Cleanse & Detox for a total reboot!

4 from 633 votes

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 Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Yield 1 serving
Serving Size 8 ounces
Course Drinks
Cuisine Universal


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


  • Combine all ingredients. Mix well and serve cold!

Nutrition Information

Serving: 8ounces | Calories: 41kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Sodium: 7mg | Sugar: 8g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 1
Keywords Budget-Friendly, dairy-free, Detox, Gluten-Free, Low-Carb, Plant-Based, Quick and Easy, Vegetarian

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Nichole has a culinary degree from Great Lakes Culinary Institute and has worked in the culinary industry for 10 years. She also has the knowledge to write recipes using the most nutritious, fresh, and balanced ingredients. Nichole enjoys creating healthy and tasty recipes anyone can prepare, no matter their cooking skill level.

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          1. Maree, It’s up to the individual. I would not drink it everyday forever. Detoxes are typically intended for short durations, a few days, a week…

  1. 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 ?

    1. 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.

    1. 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. 🙂

    1. 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.

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

    1. 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 🙂

      1. Mary, For 1/4 cup we used 2 tablespoons ACV. Based on this calculation, for 8 ounces cranberry juice, use up to 1/2 cup ACV.

  2. 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.

    1. 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 🙂

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

  3. 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?

    1. Hi Lynn,

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

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

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

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

  6. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. Gena, Every person is different. So, it’s really impossible to say. Please send an update if you try the drink.

  7. After mixing could you drink half the glass in the morning before breakfast and the other half at night before bed? Or do you need to drink it all in the morning?

    1. Hi Debra,

      If you scroll down, you’ll find the recipe card beneath the intro.

      The recipe for this one is pretty simple though. It calls for:

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

      Then, all you need to do is mix well and serve cold!

      Hope that helps! ?

  8. I want the cranberry and apple cider vinegar recipe please I don’t have time to listen to 45 minute video

  9. WOW! It was a little rough with the first few sips, but I immediately felt the rush. Thank you for this great drink and I will definitely add this to my routine every Monday morning.5 stars

  10. Did you ever find the recipe for the drink ! I don’t have the time for video like you posted here and facebook

    1. Ingredients

      US Customary – Metric
      1/4 cup cranberry juice no sugar added
      1/2 cup cold water
      2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
      1 teaspoon lemon juice or lime juice

      Combine all ingredients. Mix well and serve cold!

  11. Really hope this works…I’ve looked for a simple lift to my metabolism without buying expensive pills or questionable ingredients that I would not follow through with. I made it without this recipe the first time…no water. OK…I think I can do this now! A bit more morning friendly?!5 stars

    1. Judy, Hmmmm…I’m not sure the purpose of the baking soda. I can’t vouch for the baking soda since it changes the recipe and we haven’t tried it.

  12. I just got to try cranberry juice and Apple cider vinegar Detox to flatten the stomach .So much more this drink can do for the body .

    1. Hi Michael, it’s really up to you! You can drink it once a month, once a week, or even once a day if you like.

  13. Debbie, I’m not sure what you are referring to, “get the details”. This is not intended to be a diet. This recipe should be consumed as part of a healthy eat plan that includes, protein, whole grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. I hope this helps.

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