Time to Make a Switchel

Instead of grabbing an energy drink after breaking a sweat at the gym or around the house folks are reaching for something from the refreshing past—a switchel.

Dating back to 17th century colonial times, a switchel, also called a switzel, swizzle, ginger-water, haymaker’s punch or switchy, is made of water mixed with vinegar and often seasoned with ginger, honey, sugar, brown sugar, molasses or maple syrup.

The quenching tart and pungent beverage that was used during harvest time is making a modern comeback and will be a culinary trend to watch in 2016, according to the Sterling-Rice Group, a food industry research leader.

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