Haymaker's Ginger Switchel

Haymaker's Ginger Switchel

2 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2008

This ginger punch is flavored with lemon juice and sweetened with honey and molasses for a refreshing drink that quenches even the fiercest summer thirst.

Ingredients 8 servings

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  • 9 cups water, divided
  • ¼ cup minced fresh ginger
  • ¼ cup honey, or pure maple syrup
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • ¾ cup lemon juice
  • ¼ cup cider vinegar
  • Fresh berries, mint sprigs or lemon slices for garnish


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  1. Combine 3 cups water with ginger in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat, cover and let infuse for 15 minutes.
  2. Strain the ginger-infused water into a pitcher, pressing on the ginger solids to extract all the liquid. Add honey (or maple syrup) and molasses; stir until dissolved. Stir in lemon juice, vinegar and the remaining 6 cups water. Chill until very cold, at least 2 hours or overnight.
  3. Stir the punch and serve in tall glasses over ice cubes. Garnish with berries, mint sprigs or lemon slices, if desired.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 72 calories; 0 g fat(0 g sat); 0 g fiber; 19 g carbohydrates; 0 g protein; 5 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 17 g sugars; 1 IU vitamin A; 9 mg vitamin C; 31 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 13 mg sodium; 191 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 1 carbohydrate

Reviews 2

February 25, 2018
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By: Klhealth
I make this once a week. I don't add molasses. I agree it does overpower.
December 14, 2015
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By: EatingWell User
Excellent switchel recipe This is an excellent switchel recipe. Most of the internet recipes add the ginger without steeping it in hot water; this recipe really adds the ginger flavor. I've made batches with and without molasses, and I definitely prefer it without as I find molasses to be an overpowering flavor. Thanks for this recipe, it's a great drink, kind of like an old fashion gatorade. Fun to make your own go-to drink! Pros: Tangy and good for you Cons: Peeling ginger can be tricky
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