Switchel, sometimes called Haymaker’s Punch, is the original New England sports drink and was intended for hot days and farm fields. It has been drunk throughout New England but has an especially long history in Vermont and the neighboring New York farmlands. If you have ever purchased vinegar from us you have this recipe. We are concerned, however, that not enough of you have made this and with temperatures going up we are giving switchels another call out here. They are also perfect for our newest ACV. The bourbon is not traditional and is totally optional but we think it is a delicious addition and we like to extend an apple branch to the South.
American Vinegar Works
2 cups of water
4 tablespoons cider vinegar
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 teaspoons of finely grated fresh ginger
Adult version: add about 2 tablespoons of bourbon (after chilling switchel)
Mix all the ingredients together other than bourbon and refrigerate at least 3 hours. Stir and taste.
Adjust sweetness to taste and bourbon to disposition. Strain out ginger if desired.
Serve over ice. Try it with a sprig of mint as well.