Switchel Recipe

An old-timey version of Gatorade, this drink has been quenching our thirst lately on hot days. Did you know apple cider vinegar aids with digestion, helps your body absorb minerals better, and even improves your skin? Give this recipe a try and let us know what you think!

This recipe is taken from The Farm House Cookbook by Susan Herrmann Loomis:

1 cup sugar*
7 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger or 1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
8 cups cold water

Mix all ingredients together in a large bottle or jar, and shake thoroughly. Refrigerate before drinking. Makes 2 quarts. *You can swap the sugar for honey or maple syrup, if you like. Just heat the switchel before pouring it in the jar so that the sweetener dissolves fully.

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About Brie Aronson

Brie Aronson came to Polyface from southern California. During college, she was diagnosed with food allergies and had to begin asking about the source of every single thing she put in her mouth. This led to an interest in all things food and she sought out a way to learn how it can be produced ethically and sustainably. Her desire is to help people shift their focus from counting calories, being intimidated by their kitchens, and being disconnected from the land to one that experiences the life-giving enjoyment of food. Having completed the internship in summer 2010, she now assists with the buying clubs and sales building, leads school tours of the farm, and will be the summer 2012 farm cook.
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7 Responses to Switchel Recipe

  1. Sheri Salatin says:

    Yay! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe, Brie. :o) It’s so refreshing!

  2. Kim says:

    Thanks! We will try this the next time we bale hay. Much better ingredients that the “G” stuff.

  3. Brenda says:

    Thanks for sharing this! I’m going to try it w/honey in our home! Sounds great! 🙂

  4. Alison says:

    I think I’ve heard of switchel in old books, but never really knew what it was. I’ll have to try making some!

  5. Lauren says:

    Thanks, Brie. This sounds great.

  6. Jen says:

    I just made this after working outside in the yard… it was a hit! Everyone loved it – even my picky 10-year-old! Thanks so much for the recipe!

  7. Helen Holmes says:

    This is such a refreshing drink for our hot climate here in North Queensland! I share it with friends, our B&B guests, and have also put it in my gardening column in the Alligator Creek Times – our little community newspaper.