I’m kind of a history nerd. I love stories about tradition. How was this thing used or how did this thing get it’s name? That’s exciting stuff. So when I read a brief history of switchel, or haymaker’s punch, I was totally fascinated. Switchel is a traditional drink popularized in colonial New England. It was often given to farmers to quench their thirst during harvesting time, hence the nickname, haymaker’s punch. I totally geeked out over that story, and when I saw the recipe I was completely sold on trying it out for myself.
Switchel is probably the best kept herbal remedy secret I’ve seen in years. This homemade tonic is an immune system-boosting, probiotics boasting, electrolyte-replenishing powerhouse of a drink! This is the perfect home remedy to alleviate the symptoms of anything from acid reflux to the flu. You probably have all of the ingredients you need right now! Check it out!
- 1 (4 inch) piece of ginger, grated
- 2 tbsp raw honey
- 1/3 c apple cider vinegar
- 1 lime, juiced
- 4 c filtered water
- combine all ingredients in a glass carafe
- let stand overnight at room temperature
- serve hot, or at room temperature, or over ice, or add some seltzer water!
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