HOMEMADE THIRST QUENCHER

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.

More recipe variations of this drink

What’s your favorite summer drink?

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Comments(16)

  1. Karen H. says:

    These are our favorite summer drinks:
    Plain black iced tea
    Homegrown lemon verbena iced tea
    Lemonade w/ our own meyer lemons
    Blood orangeade (is that a word? I don’t know, but it tastes great)
    Iced drink made with Celestial Seasonings Red Zinger and apple juice.

    I am going to try making Switchel, can’t wait to find out what it tastes like!

  2. Karen H. says:

    These are our favorite summer drinks:
    Plain black iced tea
    Homegrown lemon verbena iced tea
    Lemonade w/ our own meyer lemons
    Blood orangeade (is that a word? I don’t know, but it tastes great)
    Iced drink made with Celestial Seasonings Red Zinger and apple juice.

    I am going to try making Switchel, can’t wait to find out what it tastes like!

  3. Alida says:

    WE have been enjoying the strawberries from the garden in little shakes we have been making. We add milk, icecream and strawberries . Mix with a little sugar and instant shake. My little girl had some today with lunch. We also finally got 1 homegrown tomato on the plate.

  4. Alida says:

    WE have been enjoying the strawberries from the garden in little shakes we have been making. We add milk, icecream and strawberries . Mix with a little sugar and instant shake. My little girl had some today with lunch. We also finally got 1 homegrown tomato on the plate.

  5. Marci says:

    That sounds really good. I will have to try it. I have put equal parts of honey and apple cider vinegar together and then added this to my water. Thanks for the recipe.

  6. Marci says:

    That sounds really good. I will have to try it. I have put equal parts of honey and apple cider vinegar together and then added this to my water. Thanks for the recipe.

  7. Tracy from Kansas says:

    Steven has made several batches of Switchel already this summer. He really enjoys drinking it. I’m not as big of a fan; but then again, he likes molasses a lot more than I do.

    I’m happy with our wonderful refreshing well water.

  8. Tracy from Kansas says:

    Steven has made several batches of Switchel already this summer. He really enjoys drinking it. I’m not as big of a fan; but then again, he likes molasses a lot more than I do.

    I’m happy with our wonderful refreshing well water.

  9. Roger, Gone Green says:

    Egad! We haven’t been able to keep ahead of our lemons this year despite prodigious efforts at lemonade . . . we had a whole slew go to windfalls over the weekend and become compost in a few hours in the sun . . . as the next round come done, we’d be HAPPY to send some your way . . . We usually get three, sometimes four crops a year on this crazy tree! Makes really good lemonade too . . . .

    R.

  10. Roger, Gone Green says:

    Egad! We haven’t been able to keep ahead of our lemons this year despite prodigious efforts at lemonade . . . we had a whole slew go to windfalls over the weekend and become compost in a few hours in the sun . . . as the next round come done, we’d be HAPPY to send some your way . . . We usually get three, sometimes four crops a year on this crazy tree! Makes really good lemonade too . . . .

    R.

  11. Rob says:

    I made a batch of switchel last night and started drinking it this morning. I am using a recipe you can see on my blog over at WildCraft
    It tastes a bit like thin barbeque sauce to me, I am not sure I like it or not, but I will finish the gallon to be sure. I am a HUGE fan of taking my water jar and putting alot of Lemon Verbena and Anise Hyssop, and letting it sit for a while. Now that is some refreshment! However the molasses and honey replaces potassium necessary for the ion-buffer exchange that is used during muscle respiration and glactic acid build up, so I definitely see the health benefits of it during heavy work activity. In addition, the ginger is used to keep your stomach warmed and calmed. When you have been working in an extremely hot environment it is not very healthy to drink down cold water, and in many cases can actually make you more tired or even sick to your stomach. The ginger helps your stomach deal with the temperature shock.

    Just my few cents worth. 😉

  12. Rob says:

    I made a batch of switchel last night and started drinking it this morning. I am using a recipe you can see on my blog over at WildCraft
    It tastes a bit like thin barbeque sauce to me, I am not sure I like it or not, but I will finish the gallon to be sure. I am a HUGE fan of taking my water jar and putting alot of Lemon Verbena and Anise Hyssop, and letting it sit for a while. Now that is some refreshment! However the molasses and honey replaces potassium necessary for the ion-buffer exchange that is used during muscle respiration and glactic acid build up, so I definitely see the health benefits of it during heavy work activity. In addition, the ginger is used to keep your stomach warmed and calmed. When you have been working in an extremely hot environment it is not very healthy to drink down cold water, and in many cases can actually make you more tired or even sick to your stomach. The ginger helps your stomach deal with the temperature shock.

    Just my few cents worth. 😉

  13. Rob says:

    One other thing. It is hard to replace water in the cells once they have given it up, and drinking straight water isn’t necessarily effective in replacing those vital fluids. One way to help the cells maintain their hydrostatic balance is to put several pinches of salt in the water, which makes it easier for your cells to replenish.

    I personally use a mineral salt, or rather Celtic Grey sea salt as it is loaded with minerals that are absolutely necessary for that ion-buffer exchange mentioned above. Just enough salt so you can barely taste it, but not too much.

  14. Rob says:

    One other thing. It is hard to replace water in the cells once they have given it up, and drinking straight water isn’t necessarily effective in replacing those vital fluids. One way to help the cells maintain their hydrostatic balance is to put several pinches of salt in the water, which makes it easier for your cells to replenish.

    I personally use a mineral salt, or rather Celtic Grey sea salt as it is loaded with minerals that are absolutely necessary for that ion-buffer exchange mentioned above. Just enough salt so you can barely taste it, but not too much.

  15. DRINK UP | Little Homestead in the City says:

    […] So in addition to the lemon verbena flavored home brewed kombucha (which taste almost like soda pop) there’s the good old fashion “Haymakers Punch’ (or Switchel”) an easy vinegar molasses/like ginger drink.  A drink that’s been quenching the thirst of farmers for many a century – even Pa Ingalls enjoyed this beverage in THE LONG WINTER. […]

  16. DRINK UP | Little Homestead in the City says:

    […] So in addition to the lemon verbena flavored home brewed kombucha (which taste almost like soda pop) there’s the good old fashion “Haymakers Punch’ (or Switchel”) an easy vinegar molasses/like ginger drink.  A drink that’s been quenching the thirst of farmers for many a century – even Pa Ingalls enjoyed this beverage in THE LONG WINTER. […]

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