A sharp, gingery drink for the fall harvest months.
Why This Recipe Works
This old-fashioned thirst-quenching beverage (aka haymaker’s punch) is all about a balance of water, ginger, sugar, and vinegar. We liked a ratio of 6 cups water to 3/4 cup cider vinegar, balanced with 1/2 cup of pure maple syrup. Two tablespoons of grated fresh ginger gave the sharpness we were looking for, without overpowering the delicate maple flavor. The Switchel will get more potent with ginger flavor the longer it remains unstrained. Be sure to serve it well chilled, over ice.