How hot is it where you are?
So hot that, when you dig up potatoes, they’re already baked?
So hot that the hens are laying hard-boiled eggs?
So hot that the birds have to use potholders to pull worms out of the ground?
No matter how you say it, it’s been darn hot here in Swoope and lots of other places lately, so I thought we all might benefit from a re-post of a recipe I put up last summer…
An old-timey version of Gatorade, this drink has been quenching our thirst lately on hot days. Three cheers once more for our friend apple cider vinegar – it gives this switchel a bright taste and brings along with it many added benefits. Did you know ACV 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!
Haymaker’s Switchel – 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.
Feel free to contribute the phrase you use to describe how hot the weather’s been in the comments….and if you have any recipes to keep us cool, share those too!