*By: Christi Shingara*
I just discovered a drink that has been around for centuries and packs a punch of flavor and health benefits. If you ask me, that sounds like a win-win! It is called Ginger Switchel. My neighbor is the one that deserves the credit for introducing me to this healthy elixir. She made me a cup one day, and I was instantly hooked. The ginger was so delicious and the touch of honey gave it a little sweetness. I had to get the recipe, especially after I found out the health benefits that it includes. But first, a little history.
Ginger Switchel became a popular drink in the American Colonies in the 17th century. Large batches were made for farmers who worked all day in the fields. It’s similar to our modern day Gatorade in that it helps restore electrolytes. It has started to regain popularity and there have been several companies distributing it such as the Vermont Switchel Company.
The main ingredients usually include ginger, apple cider vinegar and raw honey and each have amazing health benefits which are as follows:
Ginger: An antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory properties. It can help prevent chronic disease and cell damage.
Apple Cider Vinegar: It is helpful in killing harmful bacteria. May help lower blood sugar levels and manage diabetes.
Raw Honey: Also an antioxidant and improves digestive function. It also fends off diseases and calms a sore throat and cough.
- 1/4 cup ginger (sliced or chopped)
- 3 to 4 cups water
- 1/4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 tablespoons honey (to taste)
- Combine 3 cups water with ginger in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat, cover and let infuse for 15 to 30 minutes.
- Pour into a pitcher and mix in apple cider vinegar and honey.
- Place the pitcher in the refrigerator and chill for several hours, or overnight. This helps infuse the water with the ginger flavor.
- Adjust the flavors to suit your taste, if needed. For more acidity, add more vinegar. For a sweeter drink, add more honey.
- Serve the drink cold. You can also make a more concentrated version (with less water) and then mix it with soda water for a slightly carbonated beverage.
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