Ever heard of switchel?
It’s a refreshing gut-friendly fermented drink which originated from the Caribbean islands.
It tastes just like kombucha but without the fermentation time.
Think of it
Switchel made its way from the Caribbean Islands to the American colonies back in the late 1600s.
Gradually over the years, it became the traditional drink to serve to farmers harvesting hay – hence the nickname “Haymaker’s Punch”.
Traditionally switchel was made by mixing water with raw vinegar, molasses, and some ginger.
Benefits of Switchel
Like many fermented foods and drinks, switchel has a host of benefits depending on the ingredients used.
There are sooo many ways to make this drink but in my recipe, I use:
- Apple cider vinegar: A great natural source of minerals like calcium, magnesium, and potassium, as well as beneficial bacteria and acids. Natural apple cider vinegar (with mother) regulates the pH of your skin and can balance your entire inner body system.
- Raw honey or stevia: Raw honey is a source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and enzymes that makes it a nutrient powerhouse with antiviral and antibacterial properties. On the days where I want a lower calorie drink, I will use stevia powder instead of honey as a natural sweetener.
- Ginger: Ginger is renowned for its digestion-soothing and brain-boosting abilities. It is one of the most effective natural anti-inflammatories found and great at relieving joint pain, menstrual cramps and headaches.
- Lime, Pomelo or Grapefruit: You can add berries but I use some fresh lime, pomelo or grapefruit juice for
flavouras they are all great sources of vitamin C.
How To Make Ginger Honey Switchel
Now for the fun and easy part!
Unlike Kombucha, you won’t need
- 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar (preferably one “with the mother”)
- 2 Tsp of ginger (ground) OR
5cmpiece of fresh ginger root (peeled and finely minced)
- 2 Tbsp of raw honey OR 2-3 Tsp of stevia extract powder (adjust to your preferred sweetness)
- ½ of a small pomelo OR grapefruit juice
- 4 cups of water (approx 950mls)
- Mix all ingredients in a large glass jar, cover and shake/stir well.
- Place in the refrigerator overnight
- To serve, pour over ice or add cold sparkling or soda water for
Note: If you’re using sparkling or soda water – only add half switchel water and half sparkling or soda water when serving.
You should be able to make 4 servings out of this batch.
Ginger Honey Switchel Recipe (Haymaker’s Punch)
- 2 Tbsp Apple cider vinegar (with mother)
- 2 Tsp Ginger ground OR 5cm piece of fresh ginger, peeled and minced finely
- 2 Tbsp Raw Honey OR 2-3 tsp of stevia extract powder
- 1/2 Small Pomelo / Grapefruit OR lime
- 4 Cups Water (filtered or distilled approx 950mls)
- Mix all ingredients in a large glass jar, cover and shake/stir well. Place in the refrigerator overnight
- To serve, pour over ice or add cold sparkling or soda water for an extra fizz.
- Note: If you’re using sparkling or soda water – only add half switchel water and half sparkling or soda water when serving.
- Nutrition info for entire switchel batch (using pomelo): 180 calories, 0 grams fat, 42 grams carbs, 2 grams fiber, 3 grams protein.
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