Switchel is a mix of apple cider vinegar, ginger, maple syrup, and water. It was love at first sip.


I met Craig at the Phoenicia Flea where he was selling goods from his store Cold Spring General Store. Amongst his goods were jars full of something he called Switchel. Switchel is a mix of apple cider vinegar, ginger, maple syrup, and water. It was love at first sip.

Craig told me this was a drink very popular with farmers in the 17th century when it was called Haymakers punch. He showed me how to make it, so of course I had to share it with you, dear readers!

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Makes 1-2 drinks

You will need:

2 tablespoons organic apple cider vinegar


4 teaspoons maple syrup

1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated

1 cup water


  1. Combine all ingredients in a jar or glass.
  2. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours and up to 24 hours.
  3. Shake or stir.
  4. Taste and adjust maple syrup, if desired.
  5. Strain through a fine sieve to remove ginger.
  6. Pour over ice or mix server.

TIP:

To dress up your Switchel beverage, add your favorite bourbon or rum!



Switchel is a mix of apple cider vinegar, ginger, maple syrup, and water. It was love at first sip.
Photography by Photography by Paul Lowe

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