Cider Vinegar, Blueberry and Green Tea Soda
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Adding apple cider vinegar to your diet? Try it in a delicious soda with blueberries and green tea. This post is sponsored by Pompeian and I’m featuring their organic apple cider vinegar. Excellent as a marinade, drizzled over grilled vegetables, in salad dressings or on its own as a daily health supplement, Pompeian’s first apple cider vinegar is the result of the natural fermentation of organic apples produced in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy.
I try to remember to drink apple cider vinegar every day, usually after lunch. It has so many health benefits that it was a great thing to add to my routine.
The best kind of cider vinegar to get is unfiltered and containing “the mother.” The mother is a cloudy substance formed from naturally occurring pectin and apple or grape residues that is found in organic, unfiltered and unpasteurized vinegars. The mother contains healthy bacteria filled with a high volume of polyphenols (antioxidants), which improve digestion, boost the immune system, combat cholesterol, prevent dandruff, sooth sore throats, keep skin healthy, and reduce excess fat in cells, promoting weight loss. I buy the Pompeian Unflitered Organic Raw-Unpasteurized Apple Cider Vinegar with the Mother.
Two tablespoons of cider vinegar a day is what is recommended for the best effect. I usually just measure that into a glass, top with about 1/2 cup of water and ice and then sip it. But that gets boring sometimes. I’ve added it to my hot tea in the mornings instead or I make a special drink, like today’s.
What I’m sharing with you today is a syrup made of fresh blueberries, green tea and honey. I measure the syrup into a tall glass, add cider vinegar and then soda water. It ends up being a fruity but sour drink (a bit like a less-sweet jolly rancher).
Why blueberries and green tea? I figure that if I’m drinking cider vinegar for the health benefits, the best thing to do is to add other nutritional powerhouses to the mix. Blueberries and green tea are both known for being high in antioxidants which improve blood flow and lower cholesterol, among other things. That seems like a good match to the effects of cider vinegar, don’t you think?
Here’s how to make the syrup and soda:
The basic ingredients are Pompeian Unflitered Organic Raw-Unpasteurized Apple Cider Vinegar with the Mother, green tea (I’ve used genmaicha, which is green tea mixed with toasted brown rice, but any green tea will work), blueberries, honey and basil for garnish.
Measure the blueberries, green tea and some basil leaves into a medium saucepan.
Add honey and water.
Bring to a boil over high heat. It will get more liquidy as the blueberries release their juices. Simmer it over low for 10 minutes covered but watch it carefully because it does have a tendency to boil over.
Strain it through a fine mesh sieve and then cool it.
Measure 1/2 cup of the syrup into a tall glass. Add 2 tablespoons of the vinegar
and 1 cup of club soda or sparkling water.
Add ice and drink to your health!
Below you’ll find a printable version of the recipe with ingredient amounts given.
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Adding apple cider vinegar to your diet? Try it in a delicious soda with blueberries and green tea.
- 1 pint fresh blueberries
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2 Tablespoons loose genmaicha tea or loose green tea or 2 green tea bags
- 4 large basil leaves, plus more for optional garnish
- 8 Tablespoons Pompeian Unflitered Organic Raw-Unpasteurized Apple Cider Vinegar with the Mother
- 4 cups club soda or sparkling water
- Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan.
- Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally.
- Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes (watch it so it and make sure it doesn’t boil over).
- Strain through a fine mesh sieve. Cool to room temperature.
- Store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.
- To make drink: Divide the syrup between 4 tall glasses (1/2 cup of syrup per glass). Add 2 tablespoons of cider vinegar to each glass and then top each with 1 cup of club soda. Stir and then add ice.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Pompeian. All opinions are honest and my own.