This is Dana's favorite Fire Cider recipe, probably because he came up with it! We think this drink is a perfect complement to the warm weather we are finally starting to have here in New England. In fact, switchel is basically old-fashioned Gatorade that farmers drank to stay hydrated:
"They drank a quenching beverage that functioned much like modern Gatorade: switchel, also called switzel or haymaker’s punch. It contained water, a sweetener—either molasses, maple syrup, honey or brown sugar—ginger, and cider vinegar. All the ingredients (except water) happen to be sources of potassium—an electrolyte. Molasses is especially high in potassium." Read the rest of this article here!
If you want to add alcohol, we recommend rum or vodka. Using this whole recipe will make a decent amount of punch for your next party; perhaps it's time for a backyard BBQ!
The following recipe is for a concentrate that will keep well in the fridge for a refreshing beverage, anytime.
(Dana buys hispomegranate molasses from Tran's World Food Market in Hadley, MA)
Ingredients to make one cup of Switchel concentrate:
¼ cup of Fire Cider
3 tablespoons fresh ginger juice
3 tablespoons pomegranate molasses
1 tablespoon raw honey
1. Shake well to combine all ingredients.
2. about 2-4 ounces of concentrate over ice, top with soda water to make a pint. Serve with a wedge of lime or a sprinkling of pomegranate arils.
3. Store leftover Switchel mix in the refrigerator.