Ginger Honey Switcher - Haymaker punch with apple cider vinegar, honey and ginger

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 like a thirst quenching healthy gatorade with a boost of electrolytes, probiotics and anti-inflammatory properties.

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.

Now there’s various versions of switchel sweetened with honey, brown sugar or maple syrup and added fruit juices.

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 flavour as 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 scoby or fermentation time and you probably have all these ingredients in your kitchen.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar (preferably one “with the mother”)
  • 2 Tsp of ginger (ground) OR 5cm piece 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)

Instructions

  • 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.

You should be able to make 4 servings out of this batch.

Ginger Honey Switchel Recipe (Haymaker’s Punch)

Aimee
Out of Kombucha and don’t have the time to make it? This easy DIY Probiotic Drink with Ginger, Honey & Cider Vinegar is so thirst quenching with a boost of electrolytes, probiotics and anti-inflammatory properties.
Prep Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 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)

Instructions
 

  • 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. 

Notes

  • 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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Ginger Honey Switcher - Haymaker punch with apple cider vinegar, honey and ginger