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.

Molly Stevens
Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2008


Recipe Summary

2 hrs 30 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 Facts

72 calories; protein 0.2g; carbohydrates 19.2g 6% DV; dietary fiber 0.2g 1% DV; sugars 16.7g; fat 0.1g; saturated fat 0g; cholesterol 0mg; vitamin a iu 1.4IU; vitamin c 9.1mg 15% DV; folate 5.1mcg 1% DV; calcium 31mg 3% DV; iron 0.6mg 3% DV; magnesium 29.7mg 11% DV; potassium 190.5mg 5% DV; sodium 12.7mg 1% DV; thiamin 0mg 1% DV.

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Rating: 4 stars
I make this once a week. I don't add molasses. I agree it does overpower. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
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 Read More