How to Make Switchell

Have you ever had switchell? 
Ice cold Switchell

I am currently reading Foxfire 2. It was printed in 1973. The copy I have is also signed by the editor himself, Eliot Wigginton. I find the book very interesting and informative. I like reading true stories about how people live their lives. 


This book is where I first heard about switchell. The book says that, "A drink for hot summer haymaking days was 'switchell,' made by mixing a half cup of honey and a half cup of cider vinegar. This was kept in a jar and four teaspoons of the mixture were added to a dipper of water for a nourishing drink."
Switchell Recipe

It sounded good, so I decided to make it. I made it using a half cup of my own honey and a half cup of apple cider vinegar. I keep the mixture in my fridge. When I need it, I fill a glass with 1 cup of water and 1 tablespoon of switchell. I mix it well and top off the glass with ice. If I have been sweating a lot from working outside, I also add a pinch of salt to help replace the electrolytes in my body.

The drink is quite refreshing! I hope you try it out the next time you need a pick-me-up from your 'haymaking day".



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