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Haymaker's Switchel - A Perfect Summer Drink

Try this drink as an alternative to soda pop on a hot summer day. Haymakers and other crews that worked out in the fields under the heat drank Switchel to alleviate thirst and to forestall the upset stomach that results from getting overheated or dehydrated.

Switchel is mentioned as early as 1600s and it has been suggested that it originated in the Caribbean but probably is even older and came from Africa to Europe then to American. Some have written that it came from the Amish but this does not seem likely as references to it are from older sources before the settlement of the Amish in America, although they probably drank it as did most farmers from the Colonial times.

Haymaker's Switchel

1 gal water

2 c. sugar, light brown is best

1/2 c light molasses optional

1 c apple vinegar

1 tsp ginger (or a ginger root)

Stir and Chill

Either make with cool spring water or after making, wrap in wet clothes or let cool in a creek to get it as cool as possible.

If you're going to a picnic take a jug of this drink and have fun telling people about it.


Jody Hedlund said...

Pleased to meet you! Do you write historical fiction? Your posts are geared toward very interesting historical details!

A J Hawke said...

Welcome, Jody!

I write historical fiction and contempory fiction. With a love of the American West, both the reality and the fable, I have an interest in many different things. And you will see that popping up on my blog in various ways.


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I love the wind in my face, the open sky before me, the romance and flavor of the West, but, most of all, our loving and living God, who created it all. I love how He works out His plans in the realm of human events, which is His Story. I have been blessed with a gift: a compulsion to write Historical and present-day novels set in the American West that demonstrate His power to transform ordinary people into true heroes and heroines. I am just a scribe really. I find the joy of participating in the creation of inspirational fiction indescribable. May our Lord Jesus Christ receive all of the credit and be glorified.

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