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Get-Up-and-Go Limeade: Homemade Energy Drink for Adrenal Fatigue Recovery

Stressed adrenal glands can make you feel exhausted and drained. You might get by on sheer willpower in the morning, but when the mid-afternoon slump hits, it’s hard to drag your poor body through the rest of the day. What you need is a super power, but they’re in short supply for Moms. Instead, reach for this homemade energy drink to help with adrenal fatigue recovery: Get-Up-and-Go Limeade.

Apple Cider Vinegar Helped My Adrenal Fatigue Recovery

In My Recovery from Adrenal Fatigue, Part 1, I talked about how apple cider vinegar helped me gain energy on tired, adrenal-y days. For years I choked down a hot drink of apple cider vinegar, raw honey, hot water and cinnamon. The cinnamon helped make it palatable but it still felt like punishment every time I had to drink the stuff. It doesn’t take much smarts to realize that staying consistent with something I didn’t like was tough, even when it was good for me and I liked how it made me feel.

Some Moms involved with Trim Healthy Mama started talking about something called Good Girl Moonshine. I didn’t get around to making it because I don’t like ginger and it sounded suspiciously like the hot drink I avoided. One day I decided to try making a version with lime juice, with high hopes that it would resemble a limeade. And it turned out delicious. And easy. And fast. And did I mention easy?

Get-Up-and-Go Limeade

In a quart jar, combine:

2 TBS Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar
1 TBS lime juice concentrate
4 tsp (or to taste) Truvia (stevia)

Fill the jar with ice and water to make one quart. I found plastic quart jar lids in the canning section at my local discount store to keep it fresh (and unspilled) in the refrigerator.


Many people report health benefits from drinking apple cider vinegar, including weight loss. It does seem to increase my level of energy to avoid the afternoon tired feeling.

We’d all love to have more “get up and go” and this limeade just might help you do it!

Give it a try and let us know how you like it!


  1. How much do you drink of this at one time? Are you supposed to drink the whole quart each day or just some of it each day? I just got some acv with the mother in it and want to try this. Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Charlotte Siems says:

      I try to drink the whole quart in a day, and occasionally a second one. It keeps till the next day fine in the fridge but I haven’t stored it longer than that. Enjoy!

    1. Charlotte Siems says:

      It’s next to the lemon juice concentrate in the store. You could use fresh lime juice but this is easier. 🙂

  2. I too, was told to drink vinegar for my adrenal problem. Nasty stuff! But this is great! I substituted 4 T. Fresh lemon juice instead of lime.
    Also the lids from peanut butter jars fit quart jars perfect if you don’t want to buy plastic lids.

    1. Charlotte Siems says:

      Yes, lemonade would be great, too! And nice to know about the peanut butter jar lids. 🙂

  3. Thanks for the recipe. This looks great. Is lime juice concentrate just bottled lime juice?

    1. Charlotte Siems says:

      Yep, just plain ol’ bottled lime juice.

  4. I have made it & finished a quart this morning then made another quart for the afternoon. My 3 year old woke up this morning at 4:15 and neither of us went back to sleep until noonish. That’s why I made one for the morning. Is 2 quarts a day too much?? What side effects are there with that much?? I appreciate you so much!!!

    1. Charlotte Siems says:

      I don’t think that two quarts would be too much. The only caveat would be if it’s too acidic and you start to get a sore mouth. Some people brush their teeth after drinking ACV to remove the acid but I usually drink water after I drink it and it hasn’t been a problem. Probably best to start with moderation and increase slowly to see how you tolerate it!

  5. Is there anything special about the Braggs brand? I just have Great Value Apple Cider Vinegar. Just wondered if there was a difference. Thanks for this recipe. I’m pregnant with my 6th little one and would love a pick me up in the afternoon! Can’t wait to try it!

    1. Charlotte Siems says:

      Brandy, yes, actually there is a big difference. Bragg’s has “the Mother” (the stuff floating in the vinegar) which consists of enzymes, bacteria and nutrients–the good stuff with benefits!

  6. If I’m gonna use lemon juice instead of lime juice, how much do u recommend me putting of the lemon juice?

    1. Charlotte Siems says:

      Use the same amount of lemon juice: one tablespoon. 🙂

  7. Kathleen Marion says:

    I really appreciate all the info on your recovery from adrenal fatigue, I’ve just found out that’s what my problem has been for years and just starting my recovery.

    This recipe for Limeade looks great, I just have one draw back and that is the Truvia. It is no better than Equal or Splenda because of the sugar alcohols in them (see website below. Just saying, if we want to recover, let’s not put more toxins in our body to slow it down. I use straight Stevia and it does take some getting use to but I also add a spoon full of coconut sugar which is low on the glycemic scale and that seems to help with the Stevia taste without adding a lot of calories, besides low processed coconut products are good for you. Coconut sugar contains Iron, Zinc, Calcium and Potassium, along with some short chain fatty acids, polyphenols and antioxidants that may also provide some health benefits. Then it contains a fiber called Inulin, which may slow glucose absorption and explain why coconut sugar has a lower glycemic index than regular table sugar

    To read about the dangers of Truvia check out this site:

    1. Charlotte Siems says:

      Thanks, Kathleen, I’ll have to try some coconut sugar!

      1. I think that the perfect sweetener would be honey or real maple syrup!

  8. Just pinned this – thanks! So do you like putting the lemon or lime juice in w/ the acv and sweetener and cinnamon too now?

    1. Charlotte Siems says:

      I prefer the lime juice version with no cinnamon! Thanks for the pin!

  9. Megan Myers says:

    I was wondering if I could use raw honey instead of stevia. Stevia gives me horrible migraines.

    1. Charlotte Siems says:

      You can sweeten it as you like, honey will just add the possibility of spiking blood sugar. But you would still be getting the apple cider vinegar benefit.

  10. I don’t like Good Girl Moonshine, but this tastes great! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Charlotte Siems says:

      Glad you like it! And easy is good!

  11. Hi!
    Thank you for this recipe, I can’t wait to try it.
    I was wondering if ACV goes bad. I have one I never finished and it’s been untouched after I stop using it for over six months, it’s looking all cloudy but niw I’m wondering if it is all “the mother” stuff!


  12. Susan Smith says:

    I’ve been drinking a quart of Go Girl Limeade almost every day since the beginning of January for adrenal fatigue. It took me a week or two to adjust to the taste but now I don’t even notice the Bragg’s ACV in it at all. I thought I would never say this but it sure beats the “oh too sweet” Cherry Limeades I used to get at Sonic!

  13. do you have to use Apple cider vinegar? I am allergic to apples and that includes the apple cider vinegar.

  14. I have never found a GGMS recipe I liked until now-Thanks so much for the idea!!!

  15. Thank you for this! I ALWAYS feel tired and was looking for something simple to boost my energy! 🙂

  16. can you drink too much of this? I love it but don’t want to overdo!

    1. Charlotte Siems says:

      I think you’d need to be careful of your teeth due to the acidity of the vinegar. Other than that, I don’t know!

  17. Deanna Prairie says:

    This stuff is GREAT, I am so happy I found your website

  18. Would young living lime essential oil be ok to use instead of the lime concentrate? I assume the lime is just for favor.

  19. This recipe is from Bragg’s and uses all organic juices of course. I have been drinking a eight ounce glass every morning for years, it’s tasty and great and also helps you lose weight, balances your PH too!

    One half cup Bragg’s Organic apple cider Vinegar (can add more if you like )
    Four cups organic apple juice
    Three cups organic grape juice
    Keep in glass container tightly sealed in refrigerator.

  20. I just shared this in my blog post “Thirsty Thursday”; I’m new to link ups and am learning the ropes, I credited your blog and linked back here for the recipe. I hope you’ll swing by and check it out! I love your blog!

  21. I didnt read all the comments, so if this is redundant, just delete. I have suffered from undiagnosed adrenal fatigue most of my life. ACV has not really done much for that. However, the other THM drink, Singing Canary put LIFE into my life. Please try that one if you have not. Thank you for taking time to write of your journey with this. It has been very helpful.

    1. Where can I find the drink you suggested? Thank you.

  22. Thank you for sharing your story…adrenal fatigue is new to me after 18 mo of being a caregiver and now a rather young widow. It’s all catching up with me. I had a Qest4 scan done which measures my cellular imbalances, and apple cider vinegar came up on my list of remedies. I have always abhorred the taste, no matter what I added. But I have not added Lime juice! The Qest also recommended ginger root supplement. I really hate pill swallowing so anything i can add to smoothies or tea is great, and will start with a ginger tea. I use YL oils…do you think I could add a few drops of lime oil to the BACV to create a limeade? And add raw honey to sweeten? BTW – according to the fall 2015 Truth About Cancer series God sugars like raw honey do not fuel cancer/diseased cells – but Man made sweeteners like Truvia (Reb A when stevia is processed) certainly do. I never recommend artificial sweeteners to clients. Liquid stevia extract would be my recommendation for someone concerned about Glycemic index. I hope this is helpful as this has been helpful to me. Thanks again!

  23. meryem mouhid says:


    i like the recipe, it sounds like a good detox, how long you need to drink this? a week, …..thanks a lot

  24. Dawn Basallote says:

    Could you use organic pure agave in this?

  25. I tried this in a blender with ice…. mmmmm slushy

  26. Gloria E. says:

    I am going to try this drink. Thank you

  27. My husband and I use Crystal Light. He changes up flavors, but I like Fruit Punch the best.

  28. I’ve always had this hot with lemon juice instead of lime, no sweetener and a generous dusting of cinnamon. It was finally so hot yesterday that I couldn’t bear to drink anything hot, so I tried the lime version iced. Even without sweetener it was so good! Tasted almost exactly like limeade and took away my craving for sugary drinks. This is a keeper, even if you don’t suffer with adrenal fatigue.

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