Mason jar full of switchel and a lemon with a hayfield and windrows in the background

A drink used historically by farmers in New England for extra hydration while working long days in the field. Switchel, also called "Haymaker's Punch" has anti-inflammatory effects and digestive benefits and provides electrolytes for sustained energy. With dozens of antioxidants, amino acids, trace vitamins and minerals, and a low glycemic index, maple syrup is an important ingredient in this hydrating beverage.

Prep time: 22 minutes           |              Total: 24 - 36 hours              |              Makes 32 oz*

 

*makes 32oz of concentrated switchel or just over 1 gallon of switchel 

ingredients

2" piece of fresh ginger, roughly chopped

2 cups water

1/3 cup organic apple cider vinegar with the mother

1/4 cup organic maple syrup

1 lemon, cut in half

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In a small saucepan, bring water and ginger to a boil, and boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and steep for 20 minutes

 

Pour into a 32 oz mason jar or pitcher and add apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, and lemon halves.

Let cool on the counter for 10 minutes, covered loosely, then seal and refrigerate for 24 to 36 hours.

The resulting concentrated switchel mixture can be consumed daily as a "wellness shot" or mixed with water as needed at a ratio of 1 part switchel to 4 parts water. Strain before serving.

Experiment with fresh or frozen fruit and herbs for added flavor.