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switchel: the original gatorade

★★★★★ 2
a recipe by
Judy Kaye
Hazelwood, MO

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
serves 20
prep time 5 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For switchel: the original gatorade

  • 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.