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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Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
additional:
12 hrs
total:
12 hrs 5 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
1 gallon
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Stir vinegar, honey, and ginger syrup together in a bowl until honey is dissolved; add water.

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  • 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

92 calories; protein 0.1g; carbohydrates 22.6g; sodium 8.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 4 stars
09/08/2017
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.:) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/08/2017
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.:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2020
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. Read More
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