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Have you tried switchel yet? If not, I highly recommend it. It's a beverage that you may or may not have heard of. If you haven't, you likely will soon as it makes its well deserved comeback. Switchel may have roots in the Caribbean, which eventually made its way up into the Southern US states more than a few centuries ago.
Switchel is a delicious, hydrating beverage and you likely already have the ingredients to make it. It's super versatile and I'll often use a seasonal fruit or herb to spruce it up. The classic version is simply water, apple cider vinegar, honey (or molasses or maple syrup) and ginger. Even my husband who's not a fan of fermented drinks (like kombucha or kefir soda), loves switchel, along with my 4 year old. One of the many things I like about switchel is that I can make it in a few minutes then drink it. It's full of nutrients, good for the gut, and did I mention it makes a great base for a cocktail (this recipe goes particularly well with gin).
In this recipe I used strawberries as they're one of the first fruits of Spring. Rich in vitamin C, folate, potassium and high in antioxidants, in combination with fresh lemon, raw honey and apple cider vinegar, this tasty drink meets my criteria; simple, nourishing, delicious.
Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is known to contain many health benefits, mainly that of supporting the digestive system. A few tsp of acv can prevent or reduce symptoms of heartburn & indigestion. Sipping on a small glass of switchel 20min before a meal can prep your body for optimum digestion and fire up your digestive juices. *(Be sure not to drink too much liquid of any kind before or during a meal as to not dilute digestive juices)*
Raw Honey is a fantastic source of antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins and minerals. It is naturally anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial making it a very healing food topically and internally. Honey can strengthen the immune system reducing or eliminating seasonal allergies.
Lemons are rich in vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin C which helps protect cells from anti-oxidant damage. They promote hydration, and help to support digestion.
Feel free to experiment with seasonal fruit, herbs and spices for a delicious and refreshing beverage!
STRAWBERRY AND LEMON SWITCHEL
2L water (or use 1L then top up with carbonated water when serving)
½ cup raw apple cider vinegar
½ cup raw honey
2 cups strawberries, sliced (fresh or frozen. Thaw if frozen)
Juice and grated rind of 1 lemon
Tell me about your switchel variations!
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