Switchel Recipe with Cider Vinegar & Molasses

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Switchel recipe, a refreshing energy drink made with molasses, cider vinegar, fresh ginger and lemon. Mixed with sparkling water, to taste, it’s a versatile drink for steamy summer days.

Switchel, a refreshing energy drink made with molasses, cider vinegar, fresh ginger and lemon. Mixed with sparkling water, it’s a versatile drink for steamy summer days.

Switchel is an old drink that farmers relied on during haying season. On those scorching summer days in the field, farmers needed lots of water and a boost of energy to get them through that back breaking job. That’s how switchel was born. Brought to the field in huge pails the mixture combined water for hydration with molasses for energy and electrolytes, and ginger and cider vinegar for flavour and their own nutritional benefits.

Switchel recipe, a refreshing energy drink made with molasses, cider vinegar, fresh ginger and lemon. Mixed with sparkling water, to taste, it’s a versatile drink for steamy summer days.

This recipe makes a concentrate that you can then mix with sparkling water, to taste, for a refreshing, restorative drink in the dog days of summer.

Switchel recipe, a refreshing energy drink made with molasses, cider vinegar, fresh ginger and lemon. Mixed with sparkling water, to taste, it’s a versatile drink for steamy summer days.

Switchel Recipe with Cider Vinegar & Molasses

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 ½ Tbsp. Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 1-inch knob of fresh ginger, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. cider vinegar
  • Lemon juice to taste

Instructions:

  1. In a saucepan combine water, molasses and ginger.
  2. Bring to a boil and simmer gently for 8-10 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and when cool to room temperature remove ginger pieces and stir in cider vinegar and lemon juice.

Lasts in the fridge for 2 weeks.

Add concentrate to sparkling water, to taste.

 

 

2 thoughts on “Switchel Recipe with Cider Vinegar & Molasses

  1. George Roberts says:

    I can remember when I was a lad on my grandfathers farm my grandmother would bring this drink out to the fields for us. I did not know what it was called nor did I care . All I knew it tasted like no other drink and it was the best. When you drank it you could feel the sweat leave your body and that burst of energy. The best of all is that you did not sweat as much the rest of the day . Thanks for the memories Mr. Crosby.

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi George, What a wonderful memory. Thank you for sharing.

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