A Healthy Cocktail
At lunch yesterday with friends, I was offered their ‘latest cocktail concoction.’
This delightful drink was made from apple cider vinegar, Angostura bitters, and water. It was surprisingly tasty. On my way home, I decided to stop at my favourite organic shop in Chelsea.
‘Here’ is a 100% organic supermarket.
I noticed the following in their new product section, and might otherwise have passed it by.
Title: Bongiorno Organic Vinegar Drink.
Description: Organic drink with Aceto Balsamico di Modena IGP. apple cider vinegar, lemon juice from concentrate and ginger juice.
Filtered water, Grape Must from Concentrate, Aceto Balsamico di ModenaIGP, 3% (Wine Vinegar Concentrate Grape Must). Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar 3%, Lemon Juice from concentrate, Natural Flavours, Ginger Juice 0.7%.
This is their lemon and ginger version. Delicious. There was also an orange version and a couple of others that I may try later.
Vinegar drinks go way back. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, espoused vinegar as a miraculous healing agent for internal consumption and topical application. Dr Bragg (1895 – 1976), whom you may well know if you are familiar with ‘Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar,’ grew up taking apple cider vinegar as a part of his family’s health regimen. He believed the most health benefits came from drinking raw, unfiltered, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar, as in his product. This natural state of apple cider vinegar would still contain the “mother.” At 16 years old, he was diagnosed with tuberculosis and committed himself to healing by using natural foods. He made a promise to God that if he could heal through these means he would dedicate his life to teaching and helping others improve their health. He overcame tuberculosis and dedicated his life to promoting health through natural and organic foods. He opened a couple of natural health food stores in California, began lecturing and writing ‘newslets’ and ‘health notes.’ His name lives on in such products as Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar and Liquid Aminos which is considered a healthier version of soy sauce.
Over the years, there have been numerous health claims about the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar. The strongest evidence supports its benefits for weight loss, ear infections, digestion and diabetes.
Many Naturopaths recommend drinking fresh lemon juice in water or apple cider vinegar first thing in the morning. Dr Budwig recommended drinking sauerkraut juice.
This new product seems to be the next step in that direction. The taste was excellent. I’m slightly concerned about the “from concentrate” as you never know what else than contains. If you can’t find it I suggest that you experiment to try to recreate something like this for yourself.