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.

 

 

Gingerbread Latte | An Excuse to Slow Down

Servings: 1 serving(s)

Prep time: 5 minutes

Total time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 5 minutes

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Gingerbread Latte naturally sweetened with molasses

A cosy drink for chilly days…

The Gingerbread Latte is new to me. And I have to say that although I have never been drawn to flavoured coffees this new concoction has become a favourite.

Lightly sweetened with molasses and gently spiced with a lovely gingerbread spice blend, this Gingerbread Latte has become a very comforting drink. Sipping one is a way to slow down during this very busy time of year, which is a gift of sorts.

Making a Gingerbread Latte at home couldn’t be easier, although it feels like a bit of an indulgence. All it takes are four ingredients and a couple of minutes. Molasses is such an ideal way to sweeten this spiced drink. It adds flavour that complements the coffee and the spice, and molasses isn’t too sweet. So unlike hot chocolate, a Gingerbread Latte doesn’t leave you feeling like you over did it.

In this hectic week leading up to Christmas, take a moment for you, curl up in a cosy chair and enjoy a warm Gingerbread Latte.

Gingerbread Latte with Molasses Recipe

One serving

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup espresso or strong coffee
  • 1/2 Tbsp. Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 1/8 tsp. or a generous pinch gingerbread spices (recipe below)
  • 1/2 cup milk

Instructions:

  1. In a mug stir together the coffee, molasses and spices.
  2. Bring the milk to a simmer, either on the stovetop or in a microwave.
  3. Froth the milk with a whisk or frother.
  4. Pour frothed milk over the coffee, sprinkle lightly with gingerbread spices and serve.

 

Gingerbread Spice Blend

  • 2 tsp. ginger
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. allspice
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • ½ tsp. cloves

Blend spices and store in a cool, dry place.

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