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Switchel Recipe

  • Author: Dr. Josh Axe
  • Total Time: 30 min
  • Yield: 72 ounces 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Before there were sports drinks to rehydrate after intense physical labor or sugary drinks designed to boost energy levels, there was switchel, an all-natural drink similar to lemonade that’s experiencing a resurgence in popularity.


  • 1 cup ginger, chopped
  • ½ cup maple syrup (add more if need it to be sweeter; you also can substitute molasses for a very old-fashioned taste!)
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ⅔ cup lemon juice
  • 6 cups water


  1. Fill a 2-quart saucepan 2/3 with water and add ginger.
  2. Bring water to a boil and allow ginger to boil for about 2 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and let ginger steep for 20 minutes.
  4. In a 2-quart pitcher, add maple syrup, apple cider vinegar and lemon juice.
  5. Strain ginger as you are pouring into pitcher.
  6. Stir and mix all ingredients well.
  7. Can be served warm or on ice.
  8. *Add more water to dilute if needed.


You can enjoy this drink either at room temperature or served on ice. You can even give switchel a little kick and add a splash of alcohol, like gin or vodka, to it.

  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 5 min
  • Category: Beverages
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: West Indian


  • Serving Size: 8 oz.
  • Calories: 91
  • Sugar: 16.9g
  • Sodium: 11mg
  • Fat: 0.2
  • Carbohydrates: 22.5g
  • Fiber: 0.4g
  • Protein: 0.4g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

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