Thanks to the addition of apple cider vinegar, lemon and raw honey, these boosting power shots are the best collagen drink recipe ever. Consumed regularly, this easy-to-make collagen drink promotes glowing skin, reduces wrinkles and cellulite, improves digestion and strengthens the immune system!

Shots, shots, shots! Collagen shots for EVERYBODY! And we are not talking about collagen injections. We are talking about the best collagen drink out there with tons of health benefits and a pleasantly refreshing taste. By serving this health-boosting concoction in little shot glasses, you can easily down your daily dose of collagen in the morning before heading off to work.

Why this Apple Cider Collagen Drink is literally the healthiest thing you can put into your body:

  • It improves gut function,
  • strengthens the immune system,
  • can help clear skin,
  • improves/eliminates allergies
  • and can even reduce and prevent wrinkles, stretch marks and cellulite!

You’re probably wondering how that’s all possible. So I’m going to break the ingredients of this collagen drink recipe and their health benefits down for ya.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar is loaded with beneficial enzymes and bacteria. It can also help kill off harmful pathogens and bacteria. Evidence has shown it to be beneficial for those with type 2 diabetes. ACV is made up of acetic acid and therefore a shot of it can help reduce heartburn. This is because heartburn is actually caused by a lack of acid.

Because ACV is packed with beneficial enzymes and bacteria and can help kill off harmful pathogens in the gut, it will boost the immune system. Roughly 90% of the immune system is in the gut, so when our gut is healthy – we are healthy.

In addition, the acetic acid in Apple Cider Vinegar can help kill off candida, which can cause anxiety, depression, acne, fatigue, foggy brain, eczema, etc.

I only recommend this brand of apple cider vinegar. For more information, check out my post on Why I Drink Apple Cider Vinegar Every Day.


Lemon is loaded with vitamin C, which you likely already know is good for the immune system and helps ward off sickness. But studies have shown that the polyphenols in lemon suppress weight gain and fat accumulation.

Lemon encourages the liver to produce enzymes as well as bile, which will, in turn, promote digestion and more effectively remove toxins from your system. Lemon is a diuretic, meaning it promotes urination – which is another way the body flushes toxins.


I now make my own brand of grass-fed, organic collagen mixed with six super foods! You can check it out HERE! Use code 10off to get 10% off your first order!

It is rich in the amino acids glycine and proline, which are especially beneficial for bones, joints, cartilage, skin cells, hair and nails. Around the age of 25, the collagen our bodies produce begins to rapidly decline. This is why we start to see wrinkles, cellulite, stretch marks and sallow skin. Supplementing with collagen helps prevent this.

Collagen also heals the gut lining. Many people suffer from leaky gut or at least a compromised gut due to the diet we’ve been fed since childhood. If you’re anything like me, you grew up on white bread, white sugar, margarine and some cheap lunch meat. Healing the gut strengthens the immune system.

Raw Honey

There are so many health benefits of raw honey. Raw honey is naturally high in beneficial enzymes but even contains some minerals like zinc, potassium, and magnesium. It can even be used topically to disinfect a wound.

Raw honey has anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, making it great for the gut (remember – the majority of health ailments begin in the gut). It can reduce or even eliminate seasonal allergies, boost the immune system, aid digestion and reduce inflammation.

It is really the addition of raw honey really that makes this the best collagen drink ever. Not only does it taste amazing, but despite containing sugar, it will not spike your blood sugar.

If you can’t find truly raw honey near you, you can order it here.

Tips on how to make the best Collagen Drink / Collagen Shots:

  • These collagen shots can be easily prepared in advance. Just make a batch on Sunday and you’re good for the week.
  • The easiest way to make this apple cider collagen drink is to add the ingredients to a mason jar,  close the lid, give it a good shake, and put it into the fridge.
  • While tap water is safe to drink in many areas, it may still contain trace contaminants, which is why I recommend filtered water. By water filters or purified bottled water, drinking water undergoes another level of purification, removing metals, chemicals and other contaminants.

Optional Add-Ons and Variations on this Apple Cider Collagen Drink recipe:

  • Himalayan salt – rich in minerals and great for the adrenals.
  • Cayenne pepper – there’s some evidence that is can promote weight loss and is a natural fat burner. It’s anti-inflammatory, boosts the metabolism and is beneficial to the cardiovascular system.


Is this Collagen Apple Cider Drink good for weight loss?

While you definitely should not think of this collagen drink as a meal replacement, it is certainly a great addition to a healthy diet. There is some scientific evidence that suggests that Apple Cider Vinegar is beneficial to weight loss. The idea is that the acetic acid produced during the fermentation process can help control appetite and burn fat.

What are the benefits of drinking collagen?

You have probably seen expensive spas sell collagen treatments they apply to the skin. Let me tell you that this is worthless because the skin cannot absorb collagen. It has to be taken internally like in food or a drink.  This recipe is definitely the best collagen drink I have ever tasted, so try it out!

My Collagen Drink got thick and chunky! What did I do wrong?

I’ve received a lot of comments on the collagen making the drink thick or chunky. That’s because you used the wrong collagen. This is the brand I recommend, it dissolves easily and is tasteless. You can’t even tell it’s in there.

How to make the best Collagen Drink ( Lemon, Apple Cider Collagen Shots):

collagen drink in a mason jar

Lemon Apple Cider Vinegar Collagen Drink

Thanks to the addition of apple cider vinegar, lemon and raw honey, these boosting power shots are the best collagen drink recipe ever. Consumed regularly, this easy-to-make collagen drink promotes glowing skin, reduces wrinkles and cellulite, improves digestion and strengthens the immune system!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course drink, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 5 servings
Calories 44 kcal



  • Combine and shake.
  • Store in a glass container in the fridge.


This makes about five servings, which you can pour into a shot glass and take once a day. *I make this every Sunday to drink throughout the week.


Serving: 1shotCalories: 44kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 5gSodium: 23mgPotassium: 45mgSugar: 4gVitamin C: 11.5mgCalcium: 8mgIron: 0.2mg
Keyword apple cider vinegar drink, collagen drink recipe, drink with collagen powder
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  1. So are you drinking the whole thing all at once, with all 7 tablespoons of vinegar, or is this like a bulk batch that you drink in smaller quantities?

      • So this drink tastes great!! Love it! But the honey doesn’t seem to dissolve – anything that should be done besides shaking? Thanks!

        • dani Reply

          Sorry, no great advice on that one. It’s hard to dissolve raw honey with cooking it and destroying all those beneficial enzymes.

          • Why don”t you warm the water and dissolve the honey then add the rest of the indg. and refrigerate to cool . 🙂

          • If you mix the lemon, honey, and apple cider vinegar together first honey dissolves easily. Then add other ingredients and shake. Worked great for me doing recipe in this order.

        • I drink ACV, raw honey and lemon. Just get it to room temperature before shaking. It will dissolve.

        • You could always use another natural sweetener like raw agave nectar. Just keep in mind, though it’s raw and natural, it’s still sugars and calories you’re adding. Just use it moderately and you’re great!

          • dani

            Actually you cannot use agave nectar. I recommend honey for a reason, it has beneficial enzymes and is good for the gut. Agave is highly processed and rich in fructose which raises triglycerides and is toxic to the liver. There is no moderation with agave nectar.

        • Hi. The collagen is made from crushed bones of bovine which means it isn’t from a harm free source. Are there vegetarian sources?

          • dani

            The collagen I recommend is from cows who lived happy lives and were amazing for the environment due to pasture based farming. This is as harm-free as it’s going to get. For all humans to eat, something else must die – whether it’s a plant, animals killed in agriculture growth (like field mice), bugs, etc. This is especially true of vegetarian based foods, particularly grains and legumes – one of the reasons I don’t eat either of them.

            A great book to read on the topic is The Vegetarian Myth, Lierre Keith provides great insight on the animals affected and killed so that we can eat, whether we’re vegetarian or not.

          • There is marine collagen also available for those of us who are pescetarian.

        • Use boiling hot water as if you’re making a tea and the honey will dissolve.

          • dani

            I don’t recommend this, it kills off the benefits of raw honey.

        • I whisk the vinegar, lemon juice + honey BEFORE adding the water. The acidity helps the honey dissolve/.

        • I use our Keurig to make hot green tea in place of the water! Let it cool a little and then add the honey. Works great and taste good. Besides, green tea is also good for the body!

      • I just mixed my batch, today! The collagen you recommended is just as you said. You can’t even tell it’s in there! I even love the taste. I am so looking forward to the benefits, especially the leaky gut. What amount exactly is the shot glass? I think mine is too small.

        • dani Reply

          Right? No taste or texture when using the collagen I recommend!

          I believe it’s 1.5 ounces.

  2. Hi- is this 1 serving? Or do you do a shot a day like 2 oz? Thanks!

  3. Hi Dani! I love your website and all the information you share. With this concoction, I have two questions:
    1. Do you drink the whole thing or do you literally just do one shot and if so how long does the mixture of ingredients stay good for. (1 shot per day for 5 days?)
    2. Seems like a silly question but are all the ingredients okay to take while in the process of trying to conceive or have already become pregnant?

    Thank you for sharing all of your research and knowledge!

    • dani stout Reply

      I just take a shot. I’m trying to conceive too, but check with your doctor before making any changes.

  4. Chasity A. Reply

    I’m assuming that this concoction would need to be refrigerated and if so, how long is it good for?

  5. do you use lemon essential oil or juice? do you think it would have the same effect?

    • dani stout Reply

      No, I definitely recommend using the juice from a lemon. Much more beneficial.

    • dani stout Reply

      The red can of Great Lakes? That will make it jello if so.

  6. I just ran across this last weekend. I finally got everything together and made it last night. I don’t taste bad at all. I try to drink 1 oz. of ACV a day in a shot or mixed with water. Is there any additional benefit if I were to do 2 shots aday? Thanks

    • dani stout Reply

      You could do morning and night, that would improve digestion.

  7. I ran across this last week. I finally got everything together and made it. It doesnt taste bad at all. I try to do a 1 oz. shot of ACV a day or mix it with water. Is there any more benefit to doing 2 shots a day or is that to much?
    Thanks for sharing

    • dani stout Reply

      Once a day is just fine. It’s really not bad!

  8. Eydie Garcelon Reply

    This looks very interesting and I am surely wanting to try this! Question about adding the Himalayan Salt, and the Cayenne Pepper. How much of each should I add? I am guessing just a dash of each? Maybe a teaspoon of each? The “shot” size would be about 2 oz daily then? Also…. would morning be the best time of day to drink this?
    Thank you… Eydie

    • dani stout Reply

      Yeah, maybe 1/2 tsp. I’m not sure about the oz, I just pour into a shot glass. Morning is a great time, but any other time is fine too.

  9. Hi Dani,

    This is interesting, my question is.. if we don’t have any filtered water, can we just use mineral water? really appreciated your advice 🙂

    Thank you!!

      • Dani, I read all of the comments. I am laughing so hard at how sweet you were to say how many times a time to use it or how to store it. Enjoyed reading all of it before sending a thank you note.

        Cute and appreciated.

  10. I made this according to the above instructions and it is EXTREMELY gelatinous and thick which is not how your pictures look. Do you actually drink it like that or did I do something wrong?

    • dani stout Reply

      Ahh you used the wrong kind of gelatin, it has to be the one I linked to. Green Pastures green can, the other kind basically turns everything to jell-o.

      • Wendy Van den Bergh Reply

        Hi there. Thanks so much for this easy method of taking in all these ingredients. I’ve been trying to figure out how to take ACV without gagging and this seems like the answer.

        My question is…As I live in South Africa, I’m not able to get Green Pastures here and wondered if you could tell me what the correct type of gelatin would be, so I can ask my local health store.

        • dani stout Reply

          Any grass-fed and minimally processed option would be good.

      • You mention Green Pastures green can, but your links goes to Perfect Hydrolyzed Collagen. Has there been a revision?

        • dani Reply

          Yes, I actually recommend Perfect Supplements. Their collagen rules!

      • Hi Dani..
        I don’t see a link for gelatin.. did I miss something, or was the gelatin to substitute for the collagen listed?
        Thanks for all you do.

        • dani Reply

          It’s listed several times in the article. Any “collagen” highlighted in blue is a link.

        • She’s using the words gelatin and collagen interchangeabley. So you just need to use one or the other. I had to google that too 🙂

  11. i looked at the link for the gelatin. I have the same can except it’s the orange can. Is that he same/work okay for this recipe?

  12. Hi there,
    this looks great, I include those ingredients (not honey though) in my daily noms. How much of this do you take?

  13. Michael Hirsch Reply

    My mistake before reading all this comments, I made the big batch, however I drank it all at once…ugh…does that make a difference instead of drinking a shot per day?

  14. Hi Dani,

    This looks really interesting and I just bought all the ingredients so that my husband and I can give this a try.

    Question: How long until we notice a difference?


      • It actually takes at least 8 to 12 weeks to notice a difference with skin hair nails and other benefits of collagen

  15. I am vegetarian is there a brand or substitute to use in place of the collagen?

    • dani stout Reply

      Just click the link in the article and it will take you there.

  16. Hi Dani,

    Could a person substitute coconut oil for the collagen?

    thanks! Nancy

    • dani stout Reply

      You can just click the link in the article and you can buy it there.

  17. hey Dani,

    Love all the info you are sharing, would the shot still beneficial with out the collagen added ? I am trying to heal my gut with out any ‘powders’ or anti biotics…


    • dani stout Reply

      If you’re trying to heal your gut you should definitely use the collagen.

  18. I made this for the first time last week. Is it ok that I mix it with my daily smoothie? I usually have spinach, kale, vanilla yogurt, and some type of fruit. I’ve been using this as the liquid in my smoothie and sometimes use a bit more than you suggest on a daily basis. Thanks.

  19. Hi. Can’t wait to try this. Just ordered the collagen from Amazon. One question…do you have to refrigerate?

    • dani stout Reply

      You don’t have to refrigerate the collagen, you do have to refrigerate the whole thing though.

  20. Lisa Murdaugh Reply

    I almost drank the whole thing, lol Glad I read the comments. lol. “shot” is what made me think about checking into it . BTW I think it is delicious !

  21. Can I replace the collagen hydrolysate with Amino Collagen C with Hyaluronic Acid?

    • dani stout Reply

      I’m not familiar with the product but you could try it.

  22. any non animal substitute for the bovine collagen at all?

    The raw honey can be worked around with maple syrup or agave, but have no clue about substitutes for the collagen.

    • dani stout Reply

      No, nor do I recommend this shot with maple syrup and especially not with agave. It’s very high in fructose.

    • Not sure how you feel about shellfish, but I was reading and there is a shellfish collagen.

  23. Hey Dani,

    This sounds wonderful I will definitely try this and
    I’ll give it to my son he plays football and is always
    pulling something tendon wise and it’s good gut
    health finally something I put five thumbs up on!!!!!!
    Thanks you rock!

  24. Thank You so much for this ACV recipe. I’m glad I “stumbled” upon it. 🙂
    It doesn’t taste bad at all. It does have a strong taste, due to the ACV (which is to be expected) but I think the raw honey evens things out. I am precise with the measurement of a shot. It’s 1.5 ounces. The collagen I use is from the Vitamin Shoppe. I can also get the raw honey and organic ACV from there also.
    Just had my first shot this morning! Bottoms up! 🙂

    P.S. – I measured out the raw honey and put it in a bowl and then put the bowl in a pot of hot water. Helps to soften the honey so that it mixes better.

    • If u use hot water u are killing the good enzymes in the raw honey.

  25. Is this thin like water or does it have a thicker consistency. I have issues with texture and that kind of stuff.
    I have to tell you, you are very patient. Lol

  26. Brenda Pratt Reply

    Hi Dani, is this something you would do for a short time or long term?

    • dani Reply

      Use it for as long as you feel good doing it (which for me and most people is long term).

  27. I’m allergic to honey, even raw manuka. Is there anything else I could use – I noted you don’t recommend maple syrup – could coconut nectar work?

  28. This sounds great, but wouldn’t ACV mess with your bodies pH levels. Most people are more acidic already (which isn’t good). Wouldn’t this make it worse? Or am I not understanding this pH thing?

    • The way PH works, believe it or not, is when you eat high foods that are high alkaline (dairy, meat…) outside the body, they convert to a high acidic state inside the intestines. That’s why we need to eat foods with them that are just the opposite, foods that are high acid outside the body (fruit, vinegars, vegs, fermenteds…), because they convert to an *alkaline state in the intestines. I learned this from Dr. Marianne Rothschild at the Gaia Healing Ctr. in MD. She also explained why vinegar stops acid reflux: she explained that we cannot digest food without acid, so if we eat even one meal without acidic foods, the the stomach says to the hydrochloric stomach acid, “NO INCOMING! BRING IT ON!”. She explained next, something that changed my life and got me off of acid reflux drugs (THANKFULLY! because they were causing depression and didn’t do the job sufficiently anyway…!); she taught me what the sphincter expects: The sphincter will not close until it receives DIETARY acid. If it doesn’t, you get two responses, a hydrochoric acid flood, and worse, a sphincter that won’t close. So that is how it works. I tried it, and it worked. That’s when I found out the conventional doctor’s do-not-eat list is hogwash. I was on those meds for 14 years. I have been off of them for 12+ years, and I was healed in days. What does this mean to me? Acid reflux “disease” is not a “disease”, it’s an acidic food deficiency that can be fixed inone meal flat. This shot recipe is excellent. I take these ingredients daily, but more than a shot won’t hurt, especially if you need to overcome inflammation, gout, or joint pain. You can add HA to this by putting the *lining of an egg shell in a high efficiency blender (like a Ninja) with your “shot” and you get more HA everyday that the cosmetic industry gives you in a lifetime of buying! I also take royal jelly (fresh), and “essential glyconutrients” because only they can make stem cells. I am a cancer survivor of 11 years, and I find its worth it to pamper my health. If you add fiber to this mix, it’s all the more comfirting and helpful to your disgestion. Great post!

  29. Hi, I would love to try this but, I have read that collagen makes you gain weight. Have you found this to be true?

  30. i made this today and drank a shot of it. Not too bad! But I’m wondering…it sure made a lot; looks like it will last at least two weeks at one shot (approx 1 oz) per day. I did recheck my measurements to make sure I didn’t add too much of any ingredient.

    • dani Reply

      A shot glass is 1.5 oz so that’s why, you’re not drinking enough per shot.

  31. Hi! I don’t need a response, I just wanted to give you a big high five and major kudos for answering all of your readers’ questions, even when it’s a question you have answered before. That’s dedication to your readers and super cool of you.

  32. Wow, it’s amazing how many people ask questions with out actually reading the post. You are very patient! Thanks for writing a simple post with all the information and links right there in it!!

    I’m looking forward to trying this. Do you think it might help with gal stones?

    • If you have this shot and add a healthy oil to it, and pectin, like that in and apple, your stones can dissolve. I have done it. ACV is amazing for dissolving stones. It cuts the cholesterol, fat and calcium that make up stones. ACV will dissolve an eggshell, even a pearl, so yes, it has been proven to dissolve stones, both gall bladder and kidney.

    • I was just thinking the same thing how many times does she have to say SHOTS AND CLICK ON THE LINKS she provided us with everything except for actually making it .. reading is fundamental lol thanks for sharing.

    • I was
      Waiting for someone to say that… is well explained in detailed with links etc. Thank you I am so trying this!

    • Great comment!
      Yes, Dani is very patient to keep answering questions to which she has already given the information!!!

      • OMG, how many times does she have to keep saying it…… shot, make it on a Sunday and it lasts for a week…….why don’t people READ the help offered???!!!

  33. Hi Dani,

    I’m so interested to try this for myself but is it ok to ‘try’ and give it to my children?

    I think my children are suffering from a leaky gut with eczema patches located around her thyroid glands.

    Much appreciated 🙂

    • dani Reply

      Might be a lil’ potent for kids. Maybe ease up on the ACV

      • If you dilute it and add stevia, kids like this mix, especially if you add a 1/2 tsp. of magnesium “Calm”, and a few drops of vanilla. Now you might been thinking, does she really take all this stuff. This and more, if only some knew. Right now I am working with my brother to heal his glaucoma. But Dr. Robin of Johns Hopkins, and world renowned says glaucoma cannot be healed, only maintained so it doesn’t get worse. But I beg to differ, despite that I’m not a doctor. I gave him all this, and especially glycos for stem cell building. and believe be, last month his took his peripheral eye test and it came out on the chart with a wider vision range than in May, 3 months before. When a doctor says something natural is less effective than drugs, take it with a grain of salt and follow your heart. According to convention, the optical nerve that is damaged cannot recover. They are wrong, otherwise, why are they saying every other nerve in the body can be treated with stem cells?! Except the optic nerve?? I think we truly cannot underestimate these amazing whole natural foods and what they are capable of doing. My stomach lining was gone, and it is back, that and more.

    • Eva, it sounds like your kids might have a gluten allergy or intolerance from those symptoms you described. Try leaving gluten out of their diets for a week or two to see if their symptoms clear up.

  34. Thanks darling! Will try and get the green can soon! FYI you’re a saint.

  35. Victoria Lem Reply

    Dani, I’ve read all of the questions and your responses and must say that you are remarkably patient! That is all. ????

  36. Just wondering if you could use purified water, not sure if it is the same as your filter water we have well water?

  37. Dani, Can you please tell me how many ounces (or grams) the 5 tablespoons of Collagen Hydrolysate is? I am trying to figure out how many doses a one pound container will give me.

    I already drink the ACV, lemon, and raw honey every morning and am excited about adding the collagen to see how it does. I have been doing this for years and colds, allergies, sinus, AND the headaches I used to get are now few and far between. It DOES work! I find local raw honey works better than not……..

    • One Tablespoon equals 15 mL, so five Tablespoons equals about 75 mL. Sorry, I don’t know how many grams that is…

    • Stayphonie Reply

      My jaw was dropped the entire time reading each repetitive question/comment and patient response. Then I saw your comment and died/lost it. Thank you. Still dying. hahahaha I needed that. THANK YOU.

  38. This sounded so good, I had to make it right away (even tho the collagen I have is the gelatinous sort). It is delicious! (even tho it’s “chewy cuz of the collagen I used LOL)

    I added some moringa leaf (it’s SO nutrient dense, but is a bit tough to down straight) & some Diatomaceous Earth (just cuz it, too, has immense healing/health benefits, and pink Himalayan salt. Your recipe is so delish I didn’t even notice the bitterness of the moringa.

    With a leaky gut & autoimmune disease, I’m grateful for YUMMY ways to help my health. Thank you! ???? :v)

    • dani Reply

      Glad ya liked it! It’s even better with the right collagen so it’s not chunky!

  39. I pinned this recipe months ago, got the stuff and never made it. Just pulled it back up and am rereading this blog post. I know it’s been said, but I have to say it. You have the patience of a saint to re-answer over and over the same asked questions. I would have gone insane or made an extra note at the bottom or something. Haha. Thank you!

  40. I read all of the comments and there have been people that already mentioned this, but I have to add mine to the pot:
    You are SO patient with the questions…… I’m not sure how people miss the info in the article, but they have, and you patiently refer them to the article AND answer the question.
    Thank You for this tip and recipe!

    I’m going to whip up a batch tomorrow!

  41. I have read that MCT oil is very beneficial also — I was wondering if you could add it to this.

  42. EDIT: acetic acid if your using pasteurized ACV (harmful).

    RAW unfiltered ACV = malic acid (beneficial). Hopefully this is what people are using ????

  43. I have been doing this faithfully for 16 days. I have noticed a huge difference in my sinuses, bowel regularity, and reduced hunger. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe. I don’t think I will ever stop this morning ritual, it’s a total game changer and I love that it’s all natural ingredients!!! Thank you soooo much!!

    • Tanya, thanks for sharing your experience.
      I am wondering if you notice any difference in your energy levels? (Hoping that this will make me more energetic.) And also have you noticed differences with your nails, hair, and teeth?
      Kind regards,

    • Thank you for posting a comment on how it has actually affected you. It’s nice to hear it from the general public on how it has worked out.

  44. Hi Dani,

    I was interested in adding the Cayenne Pepper to the shot. How would I go about doing that, and what way do you think would be best to purchase it? Thanks!

    • dani Reply

      It depends on how much you want to add and how much you’re comfortable drinking. Organic cayenne is a good option.

    • dani Reply

      I believe there is fish gelatin/collagen you can buy, I’m not too familiar with it though. You can check on Amazon.

    • Delia you can try Dr Collagen Multi Collagen Protein. It contains chicken bone broth, Hydrolyzed fish Collagen peptides, Hydrolyzed bovine peptides.
      I add to my foods and morning drinks is really helped. I’m going to add it to this recipe.
      Found it on

  45. I’m so anxious to try this! I’ve done the honey, ACV, lemon and water mixture, but never with collagen hydrolysate!

    My apologies if this has already been asked…I tried to read through the comments before posting.

    Anyway, I would like to add the Himalayan salt and cayenne as well. How much do you recommend or do you go by taste?

    Thank you for sharing, and as many others have said, you have a great deal of patience!

  46. Will it make it make that bug of a difference if I don’t use collagen? Or can I use something else?

  47. Oh, my gosh….these comments. Wow. Read the article people! LOL

  48. Can someone describe the taste? Would love to try, but I am very picking about taste

    • It kind of tastes like a really good olive oil salad dressing. You can add more water to each shot to make it lighter taste.

  49. Why glass bottle and what if you didn’t refrigerate and put in plastic bottle because you were one of the people that didn’t read all the directions?

    • dani Reply

      I don’t recommend plastic due to BPA. If you left it out for a significant amount of time, like days, it may be best to err on the side of caution and trash it.

  50. Kristin McMillan Reply

    Does it matter if you have an empty or full stomach when you drink it? Also, is it ok to eat a meal right after drinking it? I’ve been drinking it for a week, but normally eat right after I drink it and want to make sure it doesn’t affect the benefits. Thanks!

  51. I have a quick question – I live overseas and cannot get the collage you suggest. Do you have any knowledge or experience with Puritan’s Pride Liquid Collagen? It seems to be the best option for me.

  52. I have no colon (lg. intestine), will that affect the mechanism of action? Will I benefit from this or make myself sicker?

    • dani Reply

      That’s tough. I would think it’s beneficial but everyone is different.

  53. Dani,
    Patience IS a virtue!!! Thanks for sharing. Will definitely be trying this. Thanks for putting ALL of the information in the directions along with the links. Extremely helpful!!

    My new year shot!! Have a Happy New Year. Thanks again for sharing!

  54. Why would this have to be refrigerated?. I just read on the back of the container of the exact collagen your using and its says not to refrigerate.

  55. Is this ok to take if a person is on high blood pressure medication?

    • dani Reply

      Yes but always check with your doctor prior to making dietary changes.

  56. Hi, I have a rare auto-immune disease called Scleroderma which involves the body producing too much collagen. I want to try this recipe but afraid of adding the collagen. Your thoughts on omitting this ingredient…

  57. I double this so my husband will be doing it as well. So my question it seems like a lot of juice for only five days. So that would be 3 cups of water for doubling it


  59. I am making bone broth and would like to know if I can use it in place of the collagen? How much would I use?

    • dani Reply

      It would be really gross to mix bone broth in with the rest of these ingredients.

  60. Thanks for this great tastes great and hopefully will help keep me healthy.

  61. This sounds good. I understand how all of the elements of this shot are beneficial individually (and that it’s one shot per day :))… Are the benefits heightened when these ingredients are combined/do they interact with one another in a way that enhances their benefits as a group? Is that they are taken together? Or this this just an easy way to get all of these nutrients at the same time?

    • dani Reply

      Easy way to get all of the benefits at once. And if taken in the morning, really great for digestion and strengthening the immune system and detoxification. So both, to answer your question.

      • Karla Rivas Reply

        Dear God, the whole article is pretty much detailing the benefits…lololol

        Thank you! I’m trying it starting tomorrow. Just got the collagen in the mail!

  62. Excited to try this! Someone asked about lemon essential oil & you said it would be fine; however, the recipe calls for the juice of one lemon. I am an EO beginner, so how many drops of lemon EO would you recommend for the recipe in place of the lemon juice?

    Thanks so much!

    • dani Reply

      I actually do not recommend lemon EO, just the actual juice of a lemon. Sorry about that.

  63. I already take 1 tsp. of Himalayan sea salt sole every morning. Could I just mix in 5-7 tsp. of the sole to this mixture?

  64. Question- I make Kombucha. Is there a chance you could use that instead of the ACV? Similar gut health properties?

    • dani Reply

      You can and even though I love kombucha they have different health benefits.

  65. How much to use for one single serving to just try. I’m out of town sorry

    • dani Reply

      Just a shot glass worth, or a few tbsp if you don’t have one.

  66. Ana Santiago Reply

    One product can goes well without refrigeration, but when you added other products, you create a recipe or a different formula. Not only is possible that one of the ingredients added needs to be refrigerate to stand by but also the interaction of all ingredients will make necessary to refrigerate the final product. That’s why I follow all the instructions religiously and refrigerate when is recommended or have any doubt.

  67. Please advise on the amount if I’m using lemon essential oil instead of juice from a lemon. (I posted this question the other day, but can’t find it now.)

    • dani Reply

      I don’t recommend lemon EO, just lemon juice from an actual lemon.

  68. Sounds like a great healthy combination… must also contribute to great patience since most of the questions asked are fully answered in your article and you answer so kindly!

  69. Just for the record here apple cider vinegar is a base. I have stomach problems including heartburn and the reason apple cider vinegar works is because it neutralizes your stomach acid. Base + acid = no heartburn anymore. Heartburn is definitely not caused by lack of acid. Seems weird but ACV is not an acid it’s a base. Look it up if you don’t believe me! But this shot would definitely help all sorts of stomach related problems!

  70. Wondering how much lemon EO I would use instead of lemon juice???

    • dani Reply

      The recipe calls for actual lemon juice, not lemon EO. I don’t recommend using lemon EO.

      • Yay! I’m so glad someone asked this question! I thoroughly read the entire article and scrolled through the comments. I saw where you can use minerasl water as well. I’ll try it with either minerasl or bottled water, I don’t have a filter. Thanks for posting this recipe, I can’t wait to try it!

  71. I don’t have a glass jar, can I use a plastic shaker jar instead? Is this supposed to be refrigerated?

    • dani Reply

      I never recommend plastic, toxins like BPA can leech into the drink. Can you store it in a bowl and just scoop a shot out daily? Yes to refrigeration.

  72. Thank you for leaving descriptions of each ingredient and how they are beneficial! I hate reading articles on new health drinks, food, and routines with nothing to back it up. I will definitely be making this this weekend! Thank you!

  73. Hi
    First I have to agree with the other people who have commented on your patience, reading the comments I would of gone mad if I had to answer the same question as many times as you had.

    I live in England do you know if the Hydrolyzed Collagen we could get here would be as good ? I can find a company called Great Lakes but not sure if it would work.

    • dani Reply

      Gracias! Great Lakes works. I prefer Perfect Supplements but GL is good too and grass-fed.

  74. Any way to buy this in a not so large, expensive can? 🙁 is this the only place you can buy that brand?


    • dani Reply

      It’s the only brand I recommend. It’s a good idea to use that size can and continue to use collagen continually for the best benefits. It’s not really a use once and be done with kind of product.

  75. So I’ve read your article and all the comments and replies but haven’t seen anyone posting any results, there’s been comments from a year ago. Please post results, curious,

  76. I wanted to add the cayenne pepper to the mix. How much CP would I need to add?

  77. For the people that asked about coconut water, did you substitute the coconut water for the filtered water and if so did it impact the taste good or bad?

  78. I started taking two scoops of collagen peptides in a cup of warm water with 1 Tbsp of raw honey and 1 Tbsp of raw Apple cider vinegar a week ago. Today, I got to wondering if the acidity of the apple cider vinegar can damage the nutrients of the collagen. I started researching and can’t really find any information specifically answering this but came across your shot recipe. What are your thoughts on this and have you seen any information about this?

  79. Is this ok to drink during pregnancy? I want to dive right in and try this, but wanna be safe over sorry first lol.

  80. I have read ALL the comments & agree, you’ve been kind enough to respond to each.
    My question is whether or not you know if there are any problems with using this if an individual has GERD, IBS-C, Hitial Hernia, and Gastritis episodes?
    It would be a miracle of this were to work. I would like to have improvement in my quality of life. It’s very debilitating trying to live with all these.
    I look forward to hearing from you soon.


    • dani Reply

      I actually think these ingredients would help a ton, but your diet also needs to be addressed because that is what causes IBS, GERD, etc. But start small, see how you respond and check with your doc.

      • Thanks for the response. As far as the causes doc has never said. Only that I have it. I am so over it. Have even gone gluten free & very small meals but no change. I will ask PC doc, the gastro Dr so closed minded he won’t listen.

        Thanks again.

  81. Jennifer S Reply

    So you take one shot a day, does it matter if it’s morning or night? I bought a collagen from whole foods and the instructions say to drink it 30 minutes before you eat. Does it matter that you drink it on an empty?

    • dani Reply

      I recommend morning. As for the collagen – it’s not one I recommend so I can’t comment on that.

  82. I would like to do this but is it OK to do one hour prior to a regimen I’d like to do, which is a probiotic drink with flax seed flour? This regimen cleanses the colon.

    • dani Reply

      I don’t see why that would be a problem but be cautious to how your body responds to both.

  83. I may need something more for inflammation. Could I add fresh grated ginger and/or turmeric ( and black pepper for turmeric absorption)? Lots of spice, do you think adding these would be harsh on the tummy? Gives me heart burn to think about it! lol I have osteoarthritis in the hips and thighs from hip dysplasia. At only 39, I’m not quite ready to replace the hips! I need something I can trust to take daily with minimal side effects. Any added recommendations would be very welcome!

    Thank you so much!

    • dani