Switchel: The Original Gatorade

Judy Kaye


My family used to drink this on the farm when I was a kid. It went by the gallons when the men would come in from the fields. I was given it again recently as I lost it a while back and my memory is not what it used to be so I was very glad to get it.


★★★★★ 2 votes

5 Min
30 Min
Stove Top


  • 3-4 qt
  • 8 oz
    apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 c
  • 1/3 c
    light molasses
  • 2 oz
    fresh grated ginger root or 1 1/2 tsp. dried

How to Make Switchel: The Original Gatorade


  1. Combine 1 quart water, the vinegar, sugar, molasses, and
    ginger root and simmer for 15 minutes uncovered. Remove from
    heat, cover, and allow to cool for 30 minutes.
  2. Serve over Ice. Keeps well in the refrigerator.
    I used to serve this to my kids in the summer and when they were playing sports.

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About Switchel: The Original Gatorade

Course/Dish: Non-Alcoholic Drinks
Main Ingredient: Coffee/Tea/Beverage
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Healthy
Hashtag: #harvest

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