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Switchels are a great old drink that is made up of ginger, apple cider vinegar and a sweetener, traditionally molasses. Sometimes you may hear this drink called the haymaker drink because it is what people working out in the fields would drink to quench their thirst. The molasses used in this drink is very high in minerals and nutrients as well as the vinegar making it an almost pre-cursor to gatorade!

If you do not have molasses, you can use honey or another sweetener. The molasses almost gives it the look of iced tea and I like it it for it’s added nutrients. I also like using molasses for the health benefits.

When making this, I like to steep the drink for a couple days in the refrigerator before drinking it to allow the flavors to come together. When serving, I love pouring it over crushed ice and adding a little fresh squeezed lemon and a little soda water for fizz. You can drink it as is of course or jazz it up a little to suit your taste.

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A classic old drink full of nutrients
Prep Time5 mins
steeping1 d
Total Time1 d
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 people


  • 6 cups water
  • 6 tbsp apple cider vinegar good quality like Braggs
  • 3.5 tbsp molasses unsulphured if possible
  • 2 tsp freshly grated ground ginger


  • Add all of your ingredients into a large pitcher or mason jar and mix well
  • Let the switchel mixture steep for at least 24 hours
  • When ready, pour into an 8 oz glass with ice. Add any extras like lemon, herbs, or soda water and enjoy!

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