Switchel? Is that something new? No—it really isn’t. Switchel, a blend of ginger, vinegar, and maple syrup combined with water, has been around for generations. It was also known as Haymaker’s Punch, as it provided hydration for thirsty farmers in the days before sports drinks. Try it yourself: tart, spicy with just a hint of sweetness. This recipe contains items on sale through January 16, 2018.
- 1 5″ piece fresh ginger, peeled and shredded or chopped
- 1/2 c. water
- ½ c. apple cider vinegar
- 3 Tbsp. Maple Valley maple syrup – Weekend Deal $14.99/32 oz. – Save 25%
- 1 Tbsp. fresh lime or lemon juice
- 4 c. club soda or sparkling water
- Mint sprigs, for serving, optional
1) Place ginger and water in a saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Allow to steep in pot for 15 to 20 minutes.
2) Meanwhile, add cider vinegar, maple syrup and citrus juice to a pitcher and stir to combine.
3) Pour steeped ginger through a strainer and into pitcher.
4) Add club soda or sparkling water and stir.
5) Check for sweetness—add more maple syrup if needed.
6) Serve over ice with mint leaves if desired.