Monday Munchies Switchel: A cider version
A new friend recently told me about a drink called Switchel. I had never heard of it before, but he boasted of its health benefits and delightful flavor, so I was intrigued. Switchel originates as an Amish tradition. The drink is used to quench thirst and aid in electrolyte balance during harvest time. Switchel typically consists of vinegar and ginger. Sometimes honey or molasses are added.
I chose to use my Champion juicer and juice 6 apples, 1 carrot, and 1 small piece of fresh ginger. I then added 1/4 cup of cinnamon, 1 teaspoon all spice, 3 teaspoons pure maple syrup, a couple sprinkles of nutmeg and simmered it on medium low for about a half hour.
1. Raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar, such as Bragg's, has numerous health benefits. It is said to improve digestive health, restore skin, aid in immune boosting, regulate blood pressure, and help regulate the body's PH.
2. Cold pressed apple and carrot juice is a drink that is believed to aid in headache relief, depression, anxiety, and immune system strength.
3. Ginger has antibacterial properties and is known to keep your tummy feeling happy.
4. Cinnamon also contains antibacterial properties, it aids in digestion and may be a cancer preventative.
I hope you will try this drink! One change I will make next time is to strain everything through cheesecloth. It was a bit grainy and thick. But the flavor was wonderful! Enjoy this taste of Fall and feel good about its health benefits.
Juice your apples, carrot and ginger. Add to a saucepan with all your other ingredients and cook on medium low for 30 minutes. Strain through cheesecloth and enjoy!