DIARY OF A CHEF AT HOME
a collection of holistic nutrition tips & tricks, plus many of Food on the Table's favourite recipes
Have you heard of Switchel? If not...here you go and I'll bet you'll be hearing or tasting more of it in the near future. This delicious drink is making a comeback, much like Kombucha. Other names for this refreshing drink are Swizzle, Ginger Water and Haymaker’s Punch. Switchel’s been around for several hundred years and may have roots in the Caribbean, making it's way to southern & eastern states in the US in the late 1700's.
Switchel is very easy to make and you most likely already have all the ingredients. It's a natural electrolyte drink with ingredients supporting the immune & digestive system’s.This is the perfect beverage to quench your thirst on a hot day...simple, nourishing & delicious!
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)*
Molasses is considered a superfood to some. It is the by-product of the sugar refining process containing all the the vitamins & minerals from the sugar cane. Molasses is very high in minerals particularly iron, making it a good plant based form of absorbable iron. It is a natural stool softener and replenishes depleted minerals in the body supporting health skin, hair & nails.
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.
Ginger has a long history of use in many traditional healing remedies. It's especially known for treating nausea, colds & flu's and digestive upset. Ginger has anti-anflammatory properties and can support healthy blood sugar levels.
You can experiment with different spices, fruits & herbs in this recipe. You can also add carbonated water if you want some fizz.. Alternatively, for a natural carbonation, you can pour your Switchel into a flip top bottle and leave it on the counter for up to 1 week. Make sure to burp the bottle periodically. Refrigerate once it's to your liking.
PS...this drink makes a great base for a summertime patio cocktail ;)
2L water (or use 1L then top up with carbonated water when serving)
½ cup raw apple cider vinegar
½ cup molasses, raw honey or maple syrup (or a combination)
2-3 Tbsp raw, grated or sliced ginger or 2 tsp ground ginger
Juice and rind of 1 lemon or lime
Coriander, cinnamon stick, basil, thyme, rosemary, mint, berries, peaches etc..
(if using fruit, make sure to muddle the juices out!)
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