Have you guys heard of Switchel, the “it”-drink of Summer 2017? Even though we haven’t exactly been having the summeriest summer up here in Hamburg, I still wanted to give it a try! The original recipe consists of water, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar (ACV), and ginger and is often sweetened with maple syrup, but the sweetener can also be omitted completely, if you prefer. Since I’ve been drinking lemon water with apple cider vinegar every morning for years, Switchel didn’t feel like too big of a leap.

Origins of Switchel

The “it”-drink of 2017 actually has its origins in the 17th century, when it was said to have been the soft drink of choice in the U.S. American colonies, where it was known as “Haymaker’s Punch.” The term “switchel” can probably be traced back to the term “swizzle,” which means “swindle” in British English. 

Health benefits of ACV

Possible benefits of ACV include clearer skin, a more efficient metabolism, and a stronger immune system. ACV also has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.

Health benefits of ginger

Ginger is also anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. It’s said to stimulate fat burning and thus help with weight loss. It’s also ideal for sore muscles, since it contains the active ingredient gingerol (aka “nature’s aspirin”), which works in a way similar to aspirin’s primary ingredient, acetylsalicylic acid.


Switchel is traditionally sweetened with maple syrup, but honey can also be used. Personally, I prefer my switchel unsweetened – I just dilute it with water to keep it from burning up my throat!  

Switchel just as you like it

Switchel is super versatile! Try using lime juice in place of lemon juice. Turmeric can also be used instead of ginger. In place of ACV, you can use any number of other vinegars: fruit vinegars work especially well here. And whole fruits, too! Strawberries are great. In place of mint, other herbs can be added: rosemary is a great choice.

Here’s the recipe:


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Prep Time 5 minutes
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  • 1 liter mineral water carbonated
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp apapple cider vinegar ACV
  • 2 tbsp ginger juice*
  • 1/2 bunch mint fresh
  1. Add mineral water, lemon juice, ACV, and ginger juice to a large carafe.
  2. Wash mint and add to carafe.
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Have fun and enjoy! :-)

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