Elixir Education: All about Switchel or "Haymaker's Punch". Many are curious. Once you taste it, your body wants it. Think of it as “Nature’s Gatorade.” It will give you an energizing electrolyte boost. All the ingredients (except water, of course) are actually sources of the electrolyte potassium. Switchel is known as a health tonic that boosts the immune system, too. Ah, the powers of Apple cider vinegar!
In true Elixir Fixer fashion, we modernized the recipe and made it taste delicious. With a wink and a tip of our hats to Kalamazoo History, we have named it "Haymarket Punch Elixir" for downtown Kalamazoo's Haymarket District. Our recipe adds a few flavorings of lemongrass, lime zest, turmeric with hints of cardamom. We use a little local honey as the sweetener component.
Although its history is traced to the 1600's Caribbean islands, it was very popular on the East Coast during Colonial America. Switchel or Haymaker’s Punch is a refreshing drink made from apple cider vinegar. It was how colonial farmers quenched their thirst out during hot summer days. This drink is also called Haymaker’s Punch because it was often drunk while haying.
Haymaker’s Punch/Switchel Recipe2 quarts filtered water
½ cup raw apple cider
½ cup raw honey
2 tsp. Ground ginger (2 ½ tbl fresh ginger, peeled and chopped)
1 tsp Turmeric
1 tsp. Cracked cardamom pods
The zest and juice of two limes
½ cup lemongrass
Combine all ingredients in a large glass jar with a lid. Shake well and refrigerate for 24 hours. Strain solids from liquids. Discard solids and refrigerate the Switchel. Ideally, it's best to use a plastic lid. If you are using a metal lid, create a barrier between the metal and vinegar such as plastic wrap or parchment paper.
Makes 1/2 gallon. Cheers!
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