What is: Switchel?

What is: Switchel?

What is Switchel?

It’s the new kombucha.

What does that even mean?

People who are cooler than you drink it. It’s prominently featured on Instagram. Dubious health claims are made about it.

Ok, so what’s in it?

It’s basically cider vinegar, ginger, water and a sweetener such as maple syrup or honey. It was served to thirsty American farmers during haymaking, hence its nickname ‘haymaker’s punch’.

So why is it a thing?

Apparently it used to be taken into the field in mason jars. Hipsters love mason jars. There may be other reasons but that is my theory and I am sticking with it.

Where can I buy it?

America. Preferably Brooklyn.

But if you want to give it a try it’s pretty easy to make your own.

Switchel recipe

Makes 1 – 2 servings

Ingredients

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
3 teaspoons of maple syrup (you can substitute honey or molasses if you prefer)
2 oz fresh ginger, grated
Lemon peel
½ pint water

Method

Combine all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Taste and adjust sweetener. Strain through a fine sieve or cheesecloth. Pour over ice!

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