Sunday, March 27, 2016

Switchel...switch what?

Switchel...switch what?

I love drinking Kombucha!  For those who haven't heard of it, here is a link for more info
on the benefits and origin of Kombucha.  It basically is a sweet fermented drink made from black
tea with different fruit flavors added to it.  You must be of  legal drinking age to purchase it and even has a small amount of alcohol in it because of the fermenting process.  Most, who first try it, don't like it.  Those of us who do...are hooked!  You can find it at your local health food store and even at some local grocery stores( Publix, Kroger etc..) in the refrigerated section.  Kombucha can be pretty pricey ($3.99 per bottle and up). You should give it a try.

But I have found an inexpensive alternative to get some of the same benefits.  
It's called "Switchel".  Switch what?  
Its' origin seems to date back to the "colonial-era" of the 1700's and popular thru the early 1900's. 
Some say its roots are from the Caribbean Islands because of its ginger and molasses.  Others say from the farm fields of Vermont.  Most of early farmers drank the concoction while working in the fields, pre-"Gatorade" or lemonade.  It is full of electrolytes, eases inflammation and the apple cider vinegar  balances your body's PH.

With only three ingredients, it is so easy and inexpensive to make.
Here is a recipe from Equinox for a small amount for you to try:
The new Kombucha: Switchel
1/2 cup unfiltered apple cider vinegar.
1/4 cup pure maple syrup(opt- black strap molasses).
2 inches fresh ginger, peeled and chopped.
In a mason jar stir all together and add 1/4 cup of filtered water. 
cover and refrigerate at least 24 hours.
Pour mixture through a fine mesh strainer and discard the ginger.
To serve, gently stir 1/4 cup of switchel mixture concentrate with 3/4 cup of cold filtered water or sparkling water.
This amount make 3 servings.

It's awesome! Sweet but tangy, and very refreshing.
You can experiment with different flavors, like chopped apple/cinnamon, blueberries or raspberries(remove along with the chopped ginger).
But the original blend is just fine.

Have a great week.
Be kind.

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