You may be asking yourself, WTF IS SWITCHEL?
Don’t worry, we get that a lot...
The short story is: switchel is an apple cider vinegar, ginger and citrus based drink, that’s been around for centuries, and can be used as a daily electrolyte drink, prebiotic gut friendly drink, a healthy cocktail mixer, or a mocktail.
The longer version is: switchel is much more complex and storied than that.
You can trace the base of switchel all the way back to Ancient Greece, where they drank a concoction of vinegar and honey called oxymel, which literally means “Acid and Honey.” The Greeks used this tart and sweet mix for medicinal purposes, to administer herbs that otherwise would not go down easily. Hundreds of years ago, in England, they used oxymel to “cure” ailments such as congestion, sore throats, coughs, and gout. These ancient tinctures are the base of modern day fire ciders and switchels.
Switchel then pops back up in history in the 17th century in America. Farmers sipped on a combination of apple cider vinegar, ginger, citrus, water and a traditional sweetener (honey, maple syrup, molasses) after long days in the hot sun, because water wasn’t always safe to drink, and they liked the burn on the back of their throat. They called this combination switchel, swizzle, or haymaker’s punch. But switchel wasn’t just being used for hydration! It was often spiked with rum and these cocktails were sipped on by farmers, Congress and college students alike.
At Sip City, we wanted to update switchel for the modern palate. We use apple cider vinegar, ginger, citrus and honey as our base, and then we add spices and fruits to make things interesting. We describe switchel to people as if “kombucha and juice” had a baby, but in reality, switchel is its own category, with a rich history, unique taste, and lots of versatility!
our Switchel FLAVORS:
simple ingredients, great taste.
Why The District?
Ah, Washington, D.C.: our nation’s capital and the hub for diverse ideals. We crafted The District Switchel with democracy in mind. A blend of tart apple cider vinegar and lemon, spicy ginger and sweet honey, The District Switchel offers a fresh and brash, yet agreeable perspective that’ll have your palate petitioning for more.
Ingredients: apple cider vinegar, ginger, lemon, honey, filtered water.
Why The Nashville?
Look, Nashville ain’t just big hats and cowboy boots. It’s colorful and lively, yet mellow and rich, like a good shindig should be. The Nashville Switchel is that party in a bottle, with pomegranate and orange joining the dance line to accentuate the classic apple cider vinegar and ginger. Step one: drink this. Step two: repeat step one.
Ingredients: apple cider vinegar, ginger, orange, pomegranate, honey, filtered water.
Why The Boston?
That feeling when you’re walking around Boston in November, scarf wrapped and boots strapped, wondering when the piles of red leaves on the Common will transform into ten-foot snowdrifts. The Boston Switchel tastes like bundling up for the elements, with turmeric, orange and cinnamon balancing black pepper and cayenne for a bold, loud, ready-for-anything vibe unlike any other.
Ingredients: apple cider vinegar, ginger, lemon, orange, turmeric, cinnamon, cayenne, black pepper, honey, filtered water.
BTW, these recovery drinks also make great cocktail mixers!