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Recipe: Hannah’s Tonic aka Switchel

ginger-switchelSometimes I get sick of drinking water.  Generally when someone hears me say this, they look at me like I have two heads as water is my drink of choice.

Besides coffee and hard cider, my favorite way to stay hydrated is with Switchel, also known as Haymaker’s Punch.  It is a heritage drink that farmers used to make to stay hydrated in the fields when swigging large amounts of water would just lead to an upset belly.  Its affects are similar to sports drinks in that it provides hydration, sugars, and electrolytes.  Ginger would help soothe the stomach, cider vinegar gives it a citrus bite, and maple syrup provides energy and taste.

Hannah’s Tonic aka Switchel

1/2 cup Maple Syrup
1/2 cup Cider Vinegar
1 tsp Ground Ginger
1/2 cup Lemon Juice (optional)
1-2 gallons Water

Add all ingredients to a shaker cup and mix.  I then dilute with 1-2 gallons of water depending on how strong I am wanting the drink.

EDIT: As The Vermont Switchel Company commented below, I do add 1-2 tablespoons of molasses to bump up the electrolyte levels.

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  1. Hey Hannah, We could not agree with you more! check us out at
    We add a hint of black strap molasses to our recipe for those valuable minerals that get depleted during workouts, exercise, and racing. We also make a concentrate now for people who like to make it as strong or gentle as you like so you can put it in you water bottle or hydration pack for hydration on the go! Enjoy!

    1. I too add molasses when I want to bump up the electrolytes. I just updated the post. I have had your switchel and it is very tasty!

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