Quench your thirst the way working farmers do on a hot day with a Switchel.
What the heck is a switchel? No it’s not a dance. I sure didn’t know what it was until I was driving along on a hot day past a farmer’s market. Of course you scan all the delicious items they have but honestly, I was only looking for some bottled water and they didn’t sell any. I know right? I asked what they had to quench a thirst because man was it hot out there.
“We sell switchel.”
“Great, what’s a switchel?”
It’s apple cider vinegar with a little sweetness and some ginger. What sold me was the cute bottle. I actually drink apple cider vinegar and water every single day and love it so a switchel sounded pretty good to me.
Your mouth twitches and you make a funny face after taking a swig. It’s as if you bit into a lemon. Let me tell you, it sure did quench my thirst and it was better than a soda.
This drink is loaded with grated fresh ginger which gives this switchel its spiciness. You can strain it out before drinking, but why would you do that? It’s good for you. Don’t be a wimp!
You’re either gonna love this or hate it. I’m shooting for loving it. Put it in a shot glass, scream something, and swig it down. It’s good for you. It may put some hair on your chest too. Just kidding.
This recipe makes only a pint so give it a try. Let it sit for at least 3 hours before chugging it down and serve it nice and cold. Just note, the longer you let it sit, the stronger and spicier it will get.
Give this switchel a try. I dare ya.
Try some of my other drink concoctions:
- Pineapple ginger lemonade
- Golden milk
- Homemade Italian cream liqueur
- Peruvian hot chocolate
- Pineapple crush smoothie
- Peruvian pisco sour
Life is too short for mediocre food.
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- 1 ¾ cups water*
- 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup - more or less to your liking
- 2 teaspoons grated ginger
- Mint leaves
- Basil leaves
- Slice of lemon
- Add all the ingredients in a mason jar. Seal and shake shake shake until it’s all mixed together. Place in refrigerator and chill until cold. I keep it in the fridge for a few hours. Keeps up to 3 days.
- The longer it sits, the spicier it gets. When ready to drink, give it a good shake and enjoy. If you don’t want pieces of ginger, you can strain it before drinking. After it’s shaken, the ginger will settle to the bottom allowing you to pour out the liquid. I go big and enjoy the ginger as well.