Our family are big water drinkers. That’s basically what we drink everyday 24/7, except for homemade wine on Friday nights. Water is necessary for good health and it’s cheap! But sometimes on hot days water just doesn’t “hit the spot.” One needs a serious thirst quencher, especially after working in the garden.
With the neighbors lemon tree being gone (the new owners cut it down) for the first summer in the twenty plus years we lived here so no refreshing homemade lemonade to enjoy. Of course, there’s plenty of herbal teas that can be made with homegrown lemon verbena and mints but I wanted to try Switchel or Haymakers Punch a summer drink recipe that dates back to the 1600 (or even Roman times) – now that’s old!
Turns out it’s a very simple, refreshing and very similar to a beverage Ma Ingalls gave Pa Ingalls while he was haying in The Long Winter. So before there was Gatorade and now all those costly and even artificially colored/ flavored energy drinks there was Swizzle!
Switchel or Haymakers Punch Recipe
You take equal parts of apple cider vinegar, molasses, and honey (about 1/4 -1/2 c. each) and pour them into a pitcher with a few spoonfuls of dried ginger or a big knob of fresh, fill the rest with water, stir, and let sit overnight. Drink as needed during hot weather to stay hydrated.
What’s your favorite summer drink?
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