This switchel is the most refreshing thing, like, ever. In the olden days (haha), they used to call it Haymaker's punch and they kind of drank it the way we drink Gatorate now. And, really, it's a MUCH better option that Gatorade, still today.
So this recipe can get much more use than just as a natural cold remedy, although it is great for that!
Fresh ginger and lemon juice combine in this healing tonic to pack a punch of Vitamin C and anti-inflammatory properties, which is great when you have swollen tonsils. The honey in the drink helps to coat the throat and suppress that annoying cough (plus it gives this the sweetness it needs!) and raw apple cider vinegar dries the sinuses and serves as a natural antibiotic AND pro-biotic (two in one, WHAT?!)
I even water it down for my kids. I used to be able to put it in their sippy cups and tell them it's lemonade, but that doesn't fly anymore. They still drink it, though!
If you're new to ACV (apple cider vinegar), you might be saying something like "seriously, you want me to DRINK vinegar??!"
Yes. I do.
And all I can say is this. Give it a chance. It's not as bad as you'd think, especially with the addition of the honey and lemon.
Switchel (or Lemon-Ginger Tonic)
2 Cups filtered water
1 Inch piece of fresh ginger, grated
4 Tbsp Raw apple cider vinegar (make sure you buy the kind with "the mother")
2 Tbsp Lemon juice
1 Tbsp Raw, unfiltered honey (or a little more, to taste. You want to be able to enjoy it enough to get it down)
Add all the ingredients to a small pitcher or large glass measuring cup and stir. Serve chilled. Store covered in the refrigerator.