Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic with Pear, Blackberry and Thyme

Healthy Non Alcoholic Cocktail Recipe

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I've been getting a little frustrated recently with people's views on me when I don't drink. I decided to drink more over the summer because I had lots and lots of weddings, where I've felt socially anxious and have chosen to accept the pain the following day, so I can relax a bit more in the presence of people I don' know. The reaction from some people when I started to drink saddened me - they seemed excited and relieved that I was drinking and comments about me not being so strict with myself anymore began to ensue. Whilst I have fun when I drink, I don't feel the need to do it very often and I don't usually feel too good about myself when I am drunk and most importantly, my health doesn't like it. I have flare ups the following day and it can take me a few days or even a week to feel normal again and recover from the fatigue that follows. As a result, I'm a bit wary of the holiday season and really want to avoid alcohol most of the time if I can, but am aware that I'm probably going to be met with rolling eyes, pressure and comments about my 'regimented' diet.

In an attempt to approach this dilemma from a positive place, I've been experimenting with fun and healthy drinks that I want to indulge in,  are endometriosis diet friendly and that my friends can mix with a little (or a lot) of spirit. Apple cider vinegar is well know for its health benefits, including support immune and digestive health, which most of us with endometriosis need, the lemon helps our bodies to alkalise, which provides our bodies with the ideal environment in which to heal and blackberries contain a really high level of antioxidants (even more than blueberries!). Apparently, thyme can be a bit of a mood booster too! I'm working on mkaing my recipes interesting and delicious, but also easy and affordable, so this is a pretty damn quick recipe with no prep work.

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Apple Cider Vinegar and Pear Tonic Ingredients

 - Please note the liquids are divided into ratios, so you can measure according to whether you make a glass or a large bottle, etc -

  • 1/5 cider vinegar with the mother
  • 1/5 pear juice (no added sugar)
  • 3/5 sparkling water
  • A few sprigs of time
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cup of blackberries

Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic Recipe

Add a couple of blackberries to the bottom of your glass or bottle, of course the bigger the volume of liquid you're using, the larger quantity of blackberries you'll need. Crush these slightly with a fork to release the flavour.

Pour apple cider vinegar over the blackberries, until you've filled 1/5th of your liquid container.

Add pear juice and top with sparkling water. I have deliberately kept the pear juice quantity low to avoid too much sugar, but that's just what suits my body - you may be able to tolerate more.

Rub the thyme sprigs between your hands to release the oils and scents, add and swirl gently.

Squeeze in lemon juice to taste - I found 1/3 a lemon per glass worked well, so for a large 750ml - 1 litre bottle you could use a whole lemon.

This drink is super refreshing and I love the flavour the thyme brings - but let me know what you think! What would you add or use instead?

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