Keep hydrated all summer long with this delightful slightly sour Blackberry Mint Lemon Switchel. You’ll be drinking it by the pitcher full! You can use your choice of sweetener, and you can change out the fruit and herbs depending on what you have on hand.
What the Heck Is a Switchel?
A switchel is a drink that uses vinegar to help quench your thirst. It’s also known as Haymaker’s punch because farmers drank it in the fields to give them an electrolyte boost.
So it’s a healthy old-fashioned version of Gatoraid that gave Farmers relief from the intense summer heat.
Looking for more Fruit Drinks?
Pineapple Mint Agua Fresca will quench your thirst long after the berries are gone, but my Strawberry Shrub and Homemade Blueberry Thyme Syrup are also great choices.
If you want some Instant Pot suggestions give Thyme Lemon Infused Water or Strawberry Infused Water with Rosemary a try.
Does a Switchel Have Vinegar in It?
It always has vinegar in it and originally had molasses and ginger too. I just learned about switchels from a new book I’ve been reading, Wild Drinks and Cocktails. It charts the history (and travels) of the drink from the Caribbean to New England.
This one uses apple cider vinegar and that already has good bacteria in it that’s good for you.
Can I Make My Own Variation?
I had to experiment with a version of my own. I had some juicy blackberries that I needed use and lots of fresh mint and lemon balm so I wanted to incorporate that too.
What Does Switchel Taste Like?
The apple cider vinegar adds a sour taste, almost like a kombucha, but you can use more mint or sweetener until it’s just the way you like it.
What If I Don’t Want to Use Maple Syrup?
You can also switch out the maple syrup for a sweetener of your choice, but I think you’ll want to add something sweet to offset the vinegar.
Blackberry Mint Lemon Switchel
A switchel is an old-timey drink that was used to keep farm workers hydrated. It has a slightly sour, slightly sweet fruity flavor that you'll love!
- 4 cups water
- 1/2 cup blackberries
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon molasses
- juice of 2 lemons
- 15 fresh mint leaves
- 6 fresh lemon balm or lemon verbena leaves
- Add all the ingredients in your blender and blend until smooth. Strain through a nut milk bag or fine mesh strainer and keep in the fridge.
- Enjoy and stay hydrated this summer!
Amount Per Serving Calories 110Sodium 17mgCarbohydrates 30gFiber 4gSugar 19gProtein 2g
I’ve heard of switchel, but I didn’t know what it was. A local microbrewery was selling one. I have, however, had shrubs. They’re really good, especially if you don’t like beer, or whatever else people are drinking. Very refreshing when it’s hot out.
I knew I’d read this before, but anything good is worth repeating, eh?