Switchel, your new favorite drink

Apple Cucumber Switchel

Watch out for overpriced, “artisanal” versions of switchel coming to a whole paycheck near you. What’s old is new again, and this refreshing drink was enjoyed by farm workers back in the day. Apparently, it’s more hydrating and doesn’t hurt your gut like chugging ice water can. The basic formula is simple: apple cider vinegar, ginger, and a sweetener, but you can get creative with the rest.

My favorite so far has been fresh pressed cucumber, green apple and ginger juice mixed with the vinegar, maple syrup and a dash of sea salt. Another great combo is plain cherry juice, vinegar, ginger and agave. Top off with still or sparkling water and ice. If you don’t have a juicer, grate the ginger, wrap in cheesecloth and squeeze over a pitcher.

– 1/2 ounce apple cider vinegar
– 1 ounce maple syrup or to taste
– 1 cucumber, juiced
– 1 green apple, juiced
– 1 thumb ginger, juiced
dash of sea salt

Mix and add water if needed. Adjust the sweet and tartness to your liking. I haven’t tried spiking it yet, but I could see adding some St. Germaine in place of the maple syrup for a boozy version.


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