Let’s talk apple cider vinegar.
In a nutshell, it is very simple: apples and water. Yeast is added to ferment the apples. The sugar in the apple juice is turned into alcohol . . . just like any vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is then diluted to about 5% acidity.
A big part of apple cider vinegar is what’s called “the mother.” This is a mix of the yeast and good bacteria (from fermentation) that floats around in the bottle. The mother is a probiotic (in fact, all probiotics are a combination of yeast and live bacteria).
When we tested apple cider vinegar, we noticed the amount of mother varied from brand to brand. We know this is one of the reasons why folks buy apple cider vinegar—so we’ll discuss that below.
We did a blind taste test with several popular apple cider vinegar brands. We mixed it into salad dressings. And made cinnamon tea. We also mixed it with seltzer and ginger to make a spritzer.
So which was best overall? The crown went to Bragg’s.
Braggs is to apple cider vinegar what Tesla is to electric vehicles—the brand is virtually synonymous with apple cider vinegar. And after trying it up against other brands (again, it was a blind taste test), we see why.
Here’s why it came out on top:
What We Liked
• Taste is excellent. Braggs simply tasted better than the majority of apple cider vinegars. (We think Dynamic Health, see below, slightly edged out Braggs on taste . . . but it has less mother, which might explain that.)
• USDA Organic.
• Gluten free.
• No GMO’s.
• Bottles consistently contain “the mother,” which is the probiotic. In our research, we noted some brands inconsistently contain varying amounts of mother.
What Needs Work
• Plastic bottle. We don’t think this affected the taste, but we know some folks prefer glass.