I live in West Michigan. It is a beautiful place to live, however, it is cold or just warm for about 8 months of the year. We have absolutely beautiful summers (hello Lake Michigan beach!) but that season is so short. Many, many, many times throughout the year I dream of being somewhere tropical.
Tropical vacations for my family of seven are not in the budget right now. So I have to resort to foods and drinks that make me feel like I’m on one. Those are very budget friendly!
The original recipe for Cider Pop came from Trim Healthy Mama. I have been following THM for almost six years and have had incredible health and weight loss results! If you’re looking to restore your health, lose weight or just eat better, I HIGHLY recommend THM. It is a sustainable eating plan that you can use the rest of your life.
Their cookbook, Trim Healthy Table, has a great explanation of the eating plan plus many amazing recipes!
Back to the Cider Pop…I started drinking Cider Pop over 3 years ago and it is something I have daily. The apple cider vinegar that is in the base of the drink is SO good for your body. If you’d like to learn more about all the amazing benefits of drinking apple cider vinegar then check out this article.
Make sure that you are using an unfiltered apple cider vinegar with the mother. One of my favorite brands is Bragg’s.
The cheap apple cider vinegar that is meant for cleaning is NOT what you want. It tastes absolutely terrible and does not have the health benefits that you’re looking for. Aldi also sells an organic apple cider vinegar with mother that is very good.
My body craves Cider Pop every single day. It is so refreshing and fizzy.
Prior to Trim Healthy Mama, I was a HUGE pop (soda for those of you not in the midwest) drinker and the fizz in Cider Pop really helped to transition me off of the pop. I drank Cider Pop the original way for about a year until I started experimenting with different add-ins. I many times will add in a packet of True Lime Cherry Limeade and/or Baobab Powder.
A few months ago, Trim Healthy Mama came out with some natural burst flavors. I was SO excited to try them because I just knew that I could add some pizzaz to my Cider Pop.
I bought the cherry, pineapple and apricot. I have loved the flavor of all of them and a little bit goes a long way. I love that there are no weird ingredients, sugar or chemicals in them. It makes me feel better about consuming them on the daily.
To make my Tropical Dreams Cider Pop you’ll need to start with a glass quart-sized jar. Next, gather the ingredients – apple cider vinegar (with the mother), cherry natural burst, pineapple natural burst, Super Sweet Blend, lime juice (fresh or bottled is fine), sparkling water and ice cubes.
Add 2 1/2 teaspoons Super Sweet Blend, 1 1/2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar with the mother, 1/4 teaspoon + 1/8 teaspoon Cherry Natural Burst, 1/4 teaspoon + 1/8 teaspoon Pineapple Natural Burst, 2 Tablespoons lime juice (fresh or bottle is fine) to the bottom of the jar and give it a good stir with your straw. I prefer to use stainless steel straws as apple cider vinegar can leech onto the chemicals in plastic straws. Add the ice to the jar and top with the sparkling water. Give it another good stir and enjoy!
This is an all-day sipper and can be added to any type of meal.
Tropical Dreams Cider Pop (THM: FP)
Yield 1 quart
- 2 1/2 teaspoons Super Sweet Blend
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar with the mother
- 1/4 teaspoon + 1/8 teaspoon Cherry Natural Burst
- 1/4 teaspoon + 1/8 teaspoon Pineapple Natural Burst
- 2 Tablespoons lime juice (fresh or bottle is fine)
- 6-12 ice cubes
- sparkling water
- In a quart glass jar mix the sweetener, apple cider vinegar, cherry natural burst, pineapple natural burst and the lime juice. Give it a really good stir with your straw.
- Add the ice to the cup and pour the sparkling water over top until you fill the glass. Give your drink another good stir. Enjoy!
Andrea Austin says
I made this version of the Cider Pop today!!!! So yummy. Thank you for sharing all your delicious inventions!!!
I’m so glad you liked it!
Linda Mitts says
I love this! I didn’t make any tweaks.:)
Andrea B says
I have the recipe memorized!! So so delicious! I squeeze in half a lemon too.
Love this beverage! It is my new fave!
Happy to hear that you love it!
Robyn Gorham says
I made this for the first time today & I love it! Thank you so much, Darcie. ☺️
So glad you like it!
I made this on a feels like temp 102 in Nebraska. A few months ago I purchased 8 bottles of Watkins cherry extract on clearance for $.50/each and wondered what I would with it! I found my answer; this is delicious! Thank you.
Yay! So glad you liked it!
I don’t even know how I found your blog, but I did and this was the first recipe I found. I did some reading, reserved the THM books at the library, placed an order, and finally received it today. First thing I did was make this recipe and it is AMAZING! I am a hard-core diet soda drinker and I just knew that would be the most difficult part of this journey. I now feel like I could have something to replace a soda and not lose the delicious flavor or fizz. I thank God for directing me to this blog!
I’m so glad you liked it! Pop was a hard thing for me to give up too. This drink (and others) are so helpful.
Thank you for this recipe. Diet Coke is my life line and I am trying to give it up. This drink was excellent… the only thing I changed was using lime flavored sparkling water instead of adding lime juice. I have other flavors of sparkling water that I have tried to love so I will be interchanging them.
Emily Woodring says
Do you have to use sparkling water? Or is that just to give it the “pop” feel?
It is strictly to just give you that pop feel. You can definitely just use all regular water.
Sarah Marie says
I didn’t realize was out of lime juice halfway through making this for the first time so I substituted lemon juice. I also do not have any of the natural burts so I used a packet of True Lemonade Raspberry flavor and a squirt of lemonade “mio” (the stevia brand). I must say, this is pretty good! It was definitely an awakening my first sip, but it’s delicious!
This sipper is delicious and refreshing. I didn’t have the pineapple extract, so i substituted apricot and it was yummy.
Thanks so much for sharing! This is the first acv drink I’ve tried that I enjoy. And I tried a lot!
Yay!! So glad you like it!
The vinegar in GGMS always my my throat burn and give me terrible heart burn. Any suggestions?
I would start with a very small amount, say 1 teaspoon and see how that goes. Some people have to work up the amount. I wonder if it is the combo of ACV and ginger. I get bad heartburn from GGMS too and I think it’s that combo that causes it.
Ginger? Where is ginger listed.
Nevermind, I misread, I understand your ginger comment referred to GGMS.
There is no ginger in this recipe. It is different than a GGMS.
Love this drink! I live in West Michigan too!! Looking forward to summer ❤️
Any suggestions to replace the lime juice? I have a citrus allergy.
You can just omit it. It will still taste great!
Martha Tyler says
I have a comment and a question. For me, this is not a sipper. I love it and it has become a guzzler. Now to my question. I need to make this to travel. Of coarse, the Qt jar will not fit in my cup holders. Someone said the ASV will eat through plastic. What insulated cup will work best?
I’m trying to kick the Diet Pepsi habit – and this is a delicious way to help! Thanks!