S-W-I-T-C-H-E-L also known as switzel, swizzle, ginger-water, haymaker’s punch or switchy is a drink which dates as far back as 17th century Caribbean. It was later adopted by American colonists and by the 19th century had become a traditional drink to serve to thirsty farmers at hay harvest time, hence the nickname haymaker’s punch (Source wikipedia)
I came across switchel quite a while ago and have been making it on and off ever since. During these hot summer days when my kombucha is fermenting I can still get my fermented fix.
What is in a Switchel?
Switchel is a simple drink made from apple cider vinegar, ginger, sweetener and water. There is some debate as to whether the sweetener should be brown sugar, molasses, maple syrup or honey. I use coconut water in my recipe for it’s health benefits and because it lends a natural sweetness to the drink I am able to cut down the added sweetener drastically.
Switchel is meant to quench your thirst, so whichever sweetener you choose go easy as you don’t want a sugary drink.
Coconut Ginger Switchel – The electrolyte to rival ALL electrolytes
Electrolytes are responsible for keeping the body properly hydrated so the muscles and nerves can function properly. Your body normally loses electrolytes through sweat and urine. This coconut ginger switchel is a great way to replenish electrolytes naturally.
What is Switchel good for?
Coconut water and apple cider vinegar are rich sources of electrolytes and natural salts, especially potassium and magnesium. Ginger is anti inflammatory. Inflammation is at the core of many chronic diseases, and reducing inflammation is an important part of staying healthy.
Experiment with small amounts of apple cider vinegar at first to see how your body reacts. If taking apple cider vinegar makes your stomach burn or makes you feel ill then it’s probably not a good match for your body’s chemistry. Please listen to your body.
How does Switchel taste?
Switchel tastes kinda like a sour lemonade/ ginger-ale. It has a ton of health benefits and is a great pick me up on a hot day! Give it a try and let me know how you like it.
Coconut Ginger Switchel Recipe
- 4 cups coconut water
- 4 teaspoons organic raw apple cider vinegar
- 4 tablespoons pure maple syrup or raw honey
- 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
- Combine all ingredients in a large jar and shake to combine
- Refrigerate for at least 12 hours
To serve : strain into glasses filled with ice