Wining & Dining
Make the Switch to Switchel
1/3/2019 11:53:27 AM

Much like food fads, beverage trends come and go faster than you can sip a soda. Kombuchas, ciders, coconut water, plant-based milks, sports drinks, even pickle juices tout the latest in ultra-hydration, enhanced energy, probiotics, and other health benefits. Switchel is one of the latest in this long line of hip liquid refreshments. Never heard of it? Simply, switchel is a mix of water, apple cider vinegar, and ginger that’s sweetened with either maple syrup, molasses, or honey. Add a sprig of mint and/or a spritz of lemon for a tart kick of vitamin C. It is also known as switzel, switchy, or swizzle. While it may be thought of as the latest new drink on the market, it’s actually been around since the 17th century. New England farmers called it haymaker’s punch and drank it during the fall harvest to quench their thirst.

Switchel is a versatile beverage and can be enjoyed hot or cold, sparkling or still. It is easy to make at home. Combine apple cider vinegar, fresh grated ginger root, a healthy sweetener. Dilute with water or club soda and stir. There are also several brands popping up on the market.

Health Benefits
Switchel is like an all-natural sports drink, brimming with electrolytes. The ginger decreases inflammation and the vinegar aids digestion. Unlike kombucha, it is not a tea-based drink so there is no caffeine. It is also significantly lower in sugars than kombucha. It is not a fermented drink, so it contains no alcohol (although it can be used as a mixer for cocktails.) Plus, it tastes good, with a spicy kick that will wake up your whole body.


1 5"-piece fresh ginger (about 6 ounces)
½ cup apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon fresh lime or lemon juice
4 cups water or club soda
Mint sprigs (for serving)

Pass ginger through a juicer (you should have about 1/3 cup). Combine ginger juice, vinegar, maple syrup, and lime juice in a large pitcher and stir until maple syrup is dissolved. Chill until cold.
To serve, dilute with water and pour switchel into ice-filled glasses; garnish with mint. Makes 4 servings.
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