Switchel (also called swizzy) can be made a variety of ways, but the most popular mix includes apple cider vinegar that contains the ‘mother’ (you can find this in Bragg’s Apple cider vinegar), raw honey, and ginger. Some people use molasses or maple syrup instead of raw honey, but you can keep your sugar down by using raw honey. The benefits of the Ginger Honey Switchel are numerous, but the biggest one is how it helps to reduce inflammation; not only in the digestive areas, but also in the skin, muscles, and bones. This is largely due to the ginger part of the drink, a known anti-inflammatory and pain reducer. Ginger also boosts the immune system and works as an all-around digestive aid. Apple cider vinegar supplies your body with necessary electrolytes, like potassium and magnesium. It also works as a lymphatic and liver tonic that helps detoxify these areas of the body.
To make this drink, simply take 4 tsp. of apple cider vinegar, 4 tsp. of raw honey (molasses or maple syrup), 1 tsp. of fresh, grated ginger (don’t be afraid to add more if you like ginger), and 4 cups of filtered water, or you can use seltzer water if you want to make it a fizzy drink. Place all the ingredients in a large jar with lid and shake the mixture thoroughly. You can let it steep for a while in the fridge or serve instantly over ice. This recipe serves about 4 people. Look around for other recipes if you want to; some also add lemon or lime juice, as well as the zest or ground cayenne pepper.