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.