What is Switchel?

In the 18th century, before sodas and sports drinks, farmers and harvesters drank switchel to quench their thirst during long days in the fields.

Variously known as switzel, swizzle, switchy, ginger-water or haymaker’s punch, a switchel was made from vinegar, water, lemon juice and ginger. It was generally sweetened with molasses, honey or maple syrup.

Its origins can be traced back more than 2,500 years to Socrates and the ancient Greek medicine men who discovered a drink they called oxymel, prepared with water, vinegar and honey.