Switchel a.k.a. Haymaker's Punch
Updated: Jun 12
Switchel, a Colonial Era version of "Gatorade", was possibly developed in New England or even the Caribbean, depending on what historical version you're reading. It's basically made from water, raw apple cider vinegar, ginger and a natural sweetener like honey or molasses. This refreshing drink is full of electrolytes and can help to revive you after a hot day in the garden, exercising or playing summer sports.
Recipe..makes a quart:
1/4 cup raw apple cider vinegar
2-3 Tbsp raw honey
1 Tbsp fresh ginger, minced or grated (if I don't have any, I use powdered ginger)
1 tsp lemon juice ( If I don't have it, I use a food grade lemon essential oil)
Place all ingredients in a quart size Mason jar or similar glass container. Fill to about an inch below the rim with filtered water. Stir or shake vigorously until all ingredients are combined.
Strain off ginger and enjoy immediately, or cover and let sit on counter overnight to enhance flavor.
NOTE: Other cooling herbs like Hibiscus, Lemon Balm, peppermint etc. can also be added as they are known to drain heat off when made into an infusion (tea) and drank cool. Strain off the herbs before drinking. Fresh fruit as shown in the picture is another tasty addition.
Switchel is so much healthier than sports drinks loaded with chemicals and fake ingredients so you can feel good about offering it to your family!