Switchel Recipe

I first heard of Switchel through Dram Apothecary, and was intrigued and thought, I want to make that on my own! Switchel is a refreshing and inexpensive drink that's been around for years (ever heard of haymaker's punch?) with a lot of health benefits.

•Apple Cider Vinegar: A great natural source of minerals like calcium, magnesium and potassium, as well as beneficial bacteria and acids. While many people don’t love the strong flavor of vinegar by itself, it is perfect in this recipe when balanced with ginger, honey and lemon/lime.

•Honey: A versatile natural remedy, honey is an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes that makes it a nutrient powerhouse with anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. It is often recommended for digestive health and there is some evidence that it may benefit the skin when taken internally.

•Ginger: A powerful natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant due to the presence of an oil called gingerol. It has a long history of use as a remedy for digestive problems, nausea and illness. In this recipe, it adds both flavor and a slight spicy balance to the sweetness of the honey.

•Lime: I add some fresh lime juice purely for flavor but it is also a good source of Vitamin C.

We've really enjoyed drinking it the last couple weeks since discovering it, so I wanted to share our recipe that we follow with you! We usually double the recipe below and divvy it up into two bottles, one for the both of us.

Serves: 4 cups
adapted from the Wellness Mama blog

2 tablespoons unfiltered apple cider vinegar with "the mother"
3 tablespoons honey
2-inch piece of fresh ginger root, peeled and finely minced
2 cups of water
juice from ½ of a lemon


Mix all ingredients in a 2 cup measuring cup (or whatever you desire), and stir well to combine.
Pour into the bottles you'll be using to store it, shake well and place in the refrigerator for 24 hours to steep.
To serve, pour over ice and use a combination of half switchel and half mineral water (or still water). We like to use the lemon mineral water from Trader Joe's, to make it a little more lemony. Enjoy frequently and be well! 

Side note: in the photo above, I'd added a mint sprig to mine. I like adding mint sometimes, it mellows out the vinegar a little bit, which I found nice.

VARIATIONS: omit the lemon juice, or try lime instead, use molasses or maple syrup as sweetener instead of honey, or try cinnamon instead of ginger!

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