Move over sports drinks, energy sodas, and even iced tea— my new favorite, Switchel (or switzel) is the original healthy tonic that has way more going for it than all of them put together. Not only that, it tastes great, with a flavor I have come to absolutely crave!
1. It’s tart, crisp and clean, with a taste that defines refreshing.
The ginger adds that zing that really jumpstarts your tastebuds.
Essentially nature’s Gatorade- this energizing drink called Switchel packs incredible thirst quenching electrolytes, and as a natural remedy, healing qualities that range from reducing inflammation to helping to improve brain cognition. And, it also helps cure acne. (OK, so what’s not to like so far?)
2. A healthy drink that’s ‘crazy-easy’ to make.
Made from apple cider vinegar, fresh maple syrup, and ginger (fresh or ground), and of course water, it takes only minutes to whip up a batch. With fresh maple syrup is in the cupboard here, as I wrote about in my last post, it was a fitting concoction to try, and about as hard to make as iced tea. Now I’m a devoted fan, and keep some in the refrigerator all the times!
The original recipe came from the Caribbean, where molasses was used instead of syrup. In this country, Switchel became “haymakers punch” by the 18th century, and was the coolest, most hydrating and refreshing drink a farmer could have during a long day working in the heat of the summer. Today, it’s been rediscovered and is trending with the hip and cool, even appearing on the shelves of Whole Foods. Due to it’s crisp refreshing taste, and amazing health benefits, it’s even being hailed as the next kombucha.
3. It’s made of 3 Superstar ingredients:
The key to great switchel is the quality of these three ingredients.
“As a health tonic, it’s only as virtuous as its parts.” In every case, use fresh if you can. Maple syrup should be 100% pure, ginger can be ground, but fresh ginger kicks up the flavor several notches.
Apple Cider vinegar should be organic and unfiltered.
Maple Syrup is one of the purest sweetners you can find, it’s full of antioxidants, and also has high levels of zinc and manganese. And it has a lower glycemic index than sugar. Maple syrup helps fight inflamatory diseases and as I mentioned in my last post, it protects against the kind of neurodegenerative damage found in Alzheimer’s disease.
Ginger reduces inflamation and reduces pain. I never realized how big this is. Most diseases are actually caused by inflamation, including skin problems and acne. And, It’s actually better for fighting pain than painkillers. Ginger helps with headaches, and it rehydrates the body, giving you an electrolyte boost.
Apple Cider Vinegar is incredibly good for you, not only for energy, your skin, hair, your house, but also for your natural well being. It helps maintain a healhty pH level in the body that leads to greater equilibrium. It stimulates circulation and helps to detoxes the liver. As a natural remedy, it reduces effects of allergies, heartburn, sunburn, and works beautifully as a pure household cleaner.
So, you see, Switchel has become my new “go-to” beverage, for many more than 3 reasons.
But most of all, it tastes so great.
Try it for yourself, and let me know what you think!