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How to Make Switchel – The 18th Century Energy Drink Recipe

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If you need a tasty, all-natural energy drink, Switchel is the beverage for you! Learn how to make this refreshing 18th-century energy drink that’s perfect for enjoying after exercise or hard work.

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A Natural Energy Drink

You can make this Old Fashioned Energy Drink with water, raw apple cider vinegar, molasses, and ginger. This beverage was popular in the 18th and early 19th centuries before high fructose corn syrup, artificial dyes and sweeteners, and aluminum cans were invented.

Back then, this revitalizing drink was served to workers who spent their days laboring in the hot sun. So you will certainly enjoy quaffing this delicious beverage after working all day in the garden when your body needs more than just water to rehydrate!

Since Switchel (sometimes called Haymaker’s Punch) is homemade, it is inexpensive and delicious. Its effective combination of ingredients replenishes your cells with sodium, potassium, magnesium, and iron to help your body properly rehydrate. And as an added benefit, Switchel also helps with digestion!

Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar Recipe

To make a refreshing glass of Switchel, you’ll need to have apple cider vinegar on hand. And since raw apple cider vinegar is the best, why not make it homemade? I’ll show you how easy it is to make this vinegar homemade in my step-by-step recipe video series.

Modern-Day Energy Drink Recipe

Update: In addition to making an old-fashioned Switchel, you can also create a modern-day energy drink with my electrolyte powder recipe video. Turn your homemade powder into a refreshing sports drink or an elegant spa water.

More Beverage Recipes

Now that you’ve learned how to make Switchel, try these other beverages and vinegars that I show you how to make with my tutorial videos.

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Easy Homemade Energy Drink Switchel Recipe

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Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Yield: 8
If you need a tasty, all natural energy drink, Switchel is the beverage for you! Learn How to Make Switchel, which is an 18th-century energy drink that's perfect to enjoy after exercise or hard work.


  • 1 tbsp Ginger, ground
  • 1/4 cup Raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Molasses
  • Filtered water


  • Add ginger to a half gallon jar with a small amount of water and mix thoroughly.
  • Add apple cider vinegar and molasses to jar.
  • Fill jar with water.
  • Stir well and serve chilled or over ice.



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Keyword: Beverages, Switchel
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