Switchel Recipe

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  1. Melissa says:

    I have seen similar things done with Jun or Kombucha. Do you rate them? I see a lot more about Kombucha but prefer the taste of Jun, are the benefits similar?

  2. Elaine says:

    Can you leave out the syrup? Sounds like a lot of sugar??

    • Geevesnc says:

      I’m sure it’s disgusting w/o the honey or maple syrup. Why bother?

      • Melba McGilvrey says:

        I would say, any other natural sweetner, Stevia leaf. Pretty sure that the maple syrup is for energy, as many would use this drink for a cleanse.

    • Rena says:

      With that amount of lemon juice and vinegar you’ll need that amount of sugar! I use 1 cup of sugar (minimum) for each 1/2 cup of lemon juice when I make 2 liters of lemonade so, yeah, this is not too much sugar. :)

    • David says:

      It’s too much sugar if, like me, you can’t tolerate sugar. Whenever i see any recipes that contain sugar of any amount, i either try it with stevia or move on.

    • Janice says:

      Maple syrup has many health benefits.

    • Intrigued says:

      I’m sure they mean pure maple syrup, not the corn syrupy stuff. It’s much less sweet.

    • Bertha says:

      I drink it without any sweetener. It tastes fine to me. I often add ACV to herbal tea too. It gives it a nice taste.

    • Rosa says:

      I think if you add Stevia it works like sugar but with no calories and no negative effect if one is diabetic

    • Elle says:

      One can train oneself by adapting your taste buds and thus not use any sugar. My form of lemonade is organic lemons juiced with peel, soaked in purified water. The Oils in the peel are sooo good for you, hence, only use organic. I honestly don’t like it sweet anymore. However, don’t sell yourself short with Maple Syrup, get Organic Grade B – it is full of minerals. By using the right products you can actually Feed your body.

      • Redbird67 says:

        I like your post.. I drink this 2-3 times a day and I have gotten accustomed to its unique taste.. I use the real maple syrup or our local honey or good old blackstrap molasses. Sometimes a combination of the three. I also add cinnamon to our taste, lemon of course sometimes a mix of lemon and lime. When I can get the organic cranberries, we make up and can our own juice.. I add it to this recipe (sometimes) in place of the water… I also add (sometimes) the organic concentrated black cherry juice…sometimes some fermented ginger “bug”””” it gives it some Zip…The original Switchel Tea was really a mixture or punch of different flavors of what was in season .
        I have osteoarthritis and Fibromyalgia plus bone spurs… this has helped me by drinking it on a regular daily basis.. start off tart and train your tastebuds to less sweetening….I read where this is a natural Gatorade…to me and my body switchel is better…❤

      • I am so glad to hear that this recipe has helped you! Blessings.

    • Emily says:

      One thing about the sugar is that the Apple Cider Vinegar needs the sugar to continue to culture and become probiotic.

  3. Robbie Potter says:

    Could you substitute CPTG Ginger Essential Oil for the boiled Ginger, if so, how much?

  4. Belinda says:

    Would like calorie and carb contain.

  5. marilyn says:

    I make this and do leave out honey. Its a refreshing drink. I leave out honey because of blood sugar.

  6. Lisa says:

    Does the ginger get thrown away after its boiled or can it be used for something else?

    • Sarah says:

      I would put it in my weekly batch of kombucha but could be thrown in smoothies too.

    • Joyce Brown says:

      If the ginger is only boiled for 2 min it should be good for making ginger tea. Boil it for 10 min. in 2 cups of water & add lemon juice and more water to taste. Hot or cold it’s good.

  7. Teresa says:

    We love it..but sweeten with Stevia.

    • Debbie says:

      about how much Stevia?

      • David says:

        There are so many brands and types of stevia it would be impossible to say how much. You just have to sweeten to taste. So many people try stevia and claim they don’t like it. Well there is raw green leaf stevia, white powder refined stevia, white powder stevia extract (I prefer), liquid stevia and many other variations and manufacturers.

  8. Arnie says:

    Wouldn’t dried ginger root work the same as ginger?

  9. Debbie says:

    I bet if you served it mixed with sparking water, it would be tasty, too!

    • Genevieve Livingston says:

      I was thinking the same thing, with Pelegrino. Would be a nice refreshing drink!

    • Linda says:

      I’ve been boiling just a cup of water with ginger, then finish with sparkling water. Three of us have gone through a gallon a week since mid-February. Really like this stuff.

  10. Arnie says:

    Has anyone used ginger essential oil in this? If so I am just curious how many drops for this recipe? Thank you.

  11. Tasha says:

    I make something similar to this and use 2 drops ginger oil. I use doTerra. Not sure how much with other brands. I use stevia instead of honey or maple syrup.

  12. Laurel says:

    I take essential oils internally, could you use ginger eo in place of the minced ginger, do you think?

    • Courtney says:

      I too take EO’s internally (Young Livings) and the ginger in my opinion will not have the same flavor effect as the chopped raw root will, but I’d imagine you could replace ginger eo and even lemon eo for the fresh stuff as desired.

  13. Susan says:

    RE: Essential Oils, I use both EO’s and fresh ginger…for this recipe I’d go with the fresh ginger. It will have that same fresh ginger “snap” (not the cookie! LOL) that ginger has…similar to a non-alcholic ginger beer. And fresh ginger is fairly inexpensive vs. the cost I’ve seen for EO’s.

    Dr. Axe, thanks for this recipe! All the ingredients are staples in my house, so easy to make a batch. Love the idea another commenter made to mix with sparkling water. Mmmmm!

  14. Lisa says:

    How long will it keep in refrigerator?

  15. Shawn says:

    Can you substitute fresh ginger for ground ginger root? And if so, how much?

  16. Janice S. says:

    Just made it with honey, wow! It’s delicious😀👍

  17. Jay says:

    I make this with liquid stevia, it’s delicious but it doesn’t have the same golden color.
    On the rocks with a slice of lemon, very refreshing and, most of all, healthy.

  18. Richard O. says:

    Is the any other sugar alcohol you can use like xylitol?

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  19. Steph says:

    I’d add muttled mint to give it another dimension

  20. Brown says:

    Can I substitute syrup for molasses?

  21. Brenda Segedin says:

    Just cut down the maple syrup amount to begin with. You can always add more if need be but cannot take it out if too sweet. I put less than half that amount, and I dilute in hot water now in NZ we’re in winter. I find it perfect. I drink ACV and lemon juice everynight, with no sweet near, before bed and I just love these flavours. Everything is adaptable to your desires and tastes.

  22. PL says:

    I made this with just 1/2 cup of maple syrup and 1 13/4 quarts of water and it was perfect. Tangy and not too sweet or sour. It might even be good with slightly less syrup and then folks can add addf’l to suit their tastes.

  23. Lydia says:

    Any suggestion for replacing the apple cider vinegar? I’m allergic to apples.😕

  24. Yvonne says:

    How much do you drink in a day?

  25. Ma says:

    Hey Dr. Can I drink this if I have yeast infection or candida? I love the taste.

  26. Debbie says:

    How does it taste?

  27. Cindy says:

    Switchel is a traditional drink that we use during our reenactments (Rev War) to make sure we stay hydrated. Thanks for the recipe it will be used with great pleasure!

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