One of my daily morning rituals is having a cup of apple cider tonic. The habit started when my husband wanted to use apple cider vinegar to help clear out his sinuses. There are lots of claims of what apple cider vinegar can do for you, some make sense, while others are a little outlandish.

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Vegans should try having a glass of apple cider vinegar tonic every morning since it helps increase the absorption of calcium. Apple cider vinegar is high in acetic acid, which can increase the body’s ability to absorb vital minerals. Some other most substantial health claims of apple cider vinegar are improved digestion, increased reception to insulin, weight control, and help cleaning sinuses.

I stick to Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar since they keep the mother. This means that the bacteria that helped turn apple juice into vinegar are still in there. Think of it like that poop-gurt that Jamie Lee Curtis keeps trying to sell you. Although the bacteria cultures are different, the effect is similar.

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I usually make a simple drink using just water, vinegar, and a sweetener (honey, agave, or stevia) But it came become boring. A simple remedy is just to use iced tea instead. But I woke up one morning and decided to try a little more. I brewed a big pitcher of iced yerba mate, and squeezed some limes in there. The result was amazing.

Sub-Lime Mate Tonic
Serves 4
a refreshing drink that has vinegar for your belly and yerba mate for your spirit!
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Ingredients
  1. 4 cups brewed ice yerba mate
  2. 1 juiced lime
  3. 4 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  4. 1-2 tbsp agave syrup
Instructions
  1. 1 Mix everything together. My god that was easy!
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What also fascinates me about vinegar is it’s history in cocktails. Stop and think about how many fancy cocktails there are that uses the acidity in lemons and limes. A lot right? In the past the use of vinegar took that place. It makes plenty of sense as it is a great way to reduce waste. So I made my own little cocktail with my Sub-lime Tonic. It’s great for a party as you can mix the pitcher and pour in a cup with the rum as needed.

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Serves 1
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup Sub-Lime Mate Tonic
  2. 1 oz Kraken or any other Dark Spiced Rum
Instructions
  1. 1 Pour half a cup of the tonic into an old fashioned.
  2. 2 Drop a large ice cube into the glass.
  3. 3 Slowly Pour 1 ounce of Kraken into the glass.
  4. 4 You COULD pour 1 cup of rum into the whole pitcher but by making each glass, you will get a cool layer effect that will impress guests, and make you feel fancy.
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