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.


You can find the collagen hydrolysate I recommend here, enter code ANCESTRAL10 to get it for 10% off! And if you buy three or more, you’ll get an additional 25% off! That’s 35% off!

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 hydrolysate 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):

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!
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: drink, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple cider vinegar drink, collagen drink recipe, drink with collagen powder
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 44kcal
Author: Dani


  • 1.5 cups filtered water I use this filter
  • 7 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • juice of one lemon
  • 5 tbsp of collagen  I recommend this brand exclusively, use code ANCESTRAL10 to get 10% off and purchase 3 or more for an additional 25% off, for a total of 35% off!
  • 1 tbsp of raw honey


  • 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.
The Healthiest Shot and best Collagen Drink Ever! It promotes clear + glowing skin, reduces wrinkles and cellulite, improves digestion and strengthens the immune system!
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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