How to Make Apple Cider Vinegar Not Taste So Bad

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For many, the weight loss and health benefits of fermented apple juice aren’t worth the awful taste it leaves in the taste buds. Luckily, there are ways to mask the characteristic acidic taste of vinegar, and learning how to make it so it tastes better isn’t tough.

How to Make Apple Cider Vinegar Not Taste So Bad

I did the legwork for you and shortlisted the most effective methods to get rid of the sour taste.

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1. Dilute With Water and Mix in a Natural Sweetener

First thing, diluting ACV with hot water can help tone down its acidic taste. You can go a step further and mask the taste in your daily dose of ACV drink with an all-natural sweetener.

Raw honey is a natural sweetener rich in antioxidants, and its potassium and vitamin B6 content make your apple cider vinegar drink a lot healthier. Mixing maple syrup in your daily dose of ACV water or meal will supply your body with the calcium, potassium, and zinc it needs to stay healthy, lower blood sugar, lower cholesterol, promote weight loss, and stay strong.

2. Make a Spicy Tonic with ACV

Spices balance the acidic flavor beautifully. If you don’t think mixing in a bit of honey or maple syrup will do the trick, you can try making a spicy tonic with cayenne pepper, black pepper, ground cinnamon or half a lemon.

To make a spicy tonic, mix ACV with honey or another natural sweetener, ginger, cayenne pepper, turmeric, half a lemon, ground cinnamon, and black pepper. Then pour in about eight ounces of hot water and mix everything in. Enjoy!

3. Make a Smoothie

If morning smoothies are your thing, slipping in a teaspoon (or two) of Apple Cider Vinegar in them every morning will make them a lot more nutritious and increase weight loss.

Plus, the fruits or veggies you add to your smoothie will dial down the strong flavor of the apple juice vinegar effectively.

I recommend mixing the vinegar into fruit smoothies or adding some alcoholic beverages to Apple Cider Vinegar since those mask the acidic notes of the vinegar exceptionally well.

4. Drizzle Over Salad

If you like a nice salad dressing with your salad, you can ditch the unhealthy ones for an Apple Cider Vinegar-based homemade salad dressing. 

Blending ACV with a shallot, some olive oil, Dijon, raw honey, or another all-natural sweetener, and seasoning is one simple way to make a dressing that lasts you a week. However, there are many other ways of incorporating ACV in salad dressing you can find all over the internet.

Spices and salad with vinegar

5. Quick-Pickle With ACV

You don’t have to can veggies for days to make pickles. 

To enjoy a savory ACV-infused veggie pickle, mix it with water, one tablespoon of salt, and a touch of sugar. Transfer the mixture into a mason jar and slide in vegetables of your choice – onion, cucumber, carrots, bell peppers – anything you like.

Store the jar in the fridge for at least 12 hours before enjoying the pickle. The vegetables will stay fresh in the refrigerator for a week.

6. Make Some Sauerkraut

The natural tart of sauerkraut complements the flavor of ACV well, making it a lot more than just bearable to consume.

  1. Chop up half a cabbage into thin shreds and put them in a large bowl. Add five teaspoons of salt, preferably course-grained. Begin working the salt into the cabbage strips. When the cabbage begins releasing moisture, toss in some red chili flakes, yellow mustard seeds, caraway seeds, or whatever seasoning you like into the bowl.
  2. Transfer the strips into mason jars along with the liquid in the bowl. Leave some room for weighing the cabbage down. Add one tablespoon of ACV into every jar. 
  3. Weigh the cabbage down. You can use a clean stone, extra cabbage, or even a plastic bag filled with water for this. Secure pieces of cheesecloth tightly on the top of the mason jars. Press down on the cabbage every day, and skim off the residue on the cheesecloth.
  4. Taste the cabbage every three days. Once it reaches your preferred apple cider vinegar taste, get rid of the weight on top and store the sauerkraut in your fridge. The cabbage tastes best after one week of fermentation.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Do Apple Cider Vinegar Pills and Gummies Offer the Same Health Benefits?

Yes, the ACV in the pills and gummies will offer you all the benefits of the superfood. Many companies now also sell ACV-infused beverages. However, pills, beverages, and gummies come with other ingredients mixed in, so having ACV in its original liquid form is the best way to go.

Does Consuming ACV Have Any Side Effects?

The acidic nature of ACV can damage your tooth enamel if consumed directly. Sometimes, drinking ACV causes delayed stomach emptying, but there are no detrimental side effects of consuming ACV per se.

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Now that you know ways to mask the apple cider vinegar taste, you no longer need to compromise on taste to get healthier.

Nathaniel Lee is an avid cook, drawing on his decades of home cooking and fine dining experience. He is a contributing chef at Mashed, and his recipes and contributions have been featured in Tasting Table, Edible Arrangements, Insanely Good Recipes, and The Daily Meal.