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Rated as 4.5 out of 5 Stars

"This is an early (pre-Civil War) drink used by farm workers in the field. Vinegar helps to keep potassium levels up, the honey soothes the throat during a hard day of haymaking, and the ginger helps with digestion and absorbing the potassium. Also called haymaker's punch. It is very tart, probably takes a bit of getting used to."
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12 h 5 m servings 92
Original recipe yields 16 servings (1 gallon)


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  1. Stir vinegar, honey, and ginger syrup together in a bowl until honey is dissolved; add water.
  2. Chill switchel until flavors combine, 12 to 25 hours.


  • Cook's Note:
  • One to two tablespoons of ground ginger can be used here. I like a lot of ginger, so many folks may wish to use less.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 92 calories; 0 22.6 0.1 0 8 Full nutrition

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This was VERY different, but I liked it! I don't think it is something that I would make all the time but it was neat to try. Thanks for sharing. :)

I did add a little extra ginger 2.5 tablespoons in the syrup grated finely. Turned out grand with unfiltered cider vinegar and raw honey.