A drink last seen in Colonial America is being resurrected in Brooklyn. Switchel, or “haymaker’s punch,” helped rehydrate farmers after a day of work when water alone couldn’t always be trusted. The recipe typically contained ginger, cider vinegar and a sweetener.
Up Mountain Switchel, based in Bushwick, Brooklyn, is one of a few startups peddling a bottled version of the heritage beverage to New Yorkers convinced of its medicinal properties. The swill’s three ingredients—ginger root, raw organic apple cider vinegar and Vermont maple syrup—are supposedly anti-inflammatory, energizing, detoxifying, probiotic and rich with calcium and other minerals. Switchel also pairs well with rum and lime juice.
Find Up Mountain Switchel at Whole Foods stores across the tri-state area or online for $8 a jar.
Alyson Sheppard is a writer and hangover specialist at Playboy Digital. Her work has appeared in Popular Mechanics, Mental Floss, McSweeney’s, National Geographic Adventure, Jezebel, and more. Follow her on Twitter: @amshep