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What is Switchel?

Move over, protein powder. There's a trendy new health drink in town—but is it worth sipping?

We know what you're thinking, 'Switch-a-what?!' It has a strange name, and we won't lie, the combination of ingredients in this drink are a bit odd, too. The beverage, which is also known as haymaker's punch, is made by mixing juiced ginger, apple cider vinegar (ACV), and maple syrup with water or seltzer water. Since sipping ACV (one of these 30 Best Fat-Burning Foods) solo can literally be hard to swallow, we see the appeal of cutting the bite with flavorful healthy ingredients. Maple syrup, for example, is packed with antioxidants, and ginger—which has a sweet and spicy flavor—is a superb anti-inflammatory (buh-buy achy muscles). It can also help prevent post-workout nausea.

With 129 calories per 5-ounce serving, we can't deny that the drink is caloric, which we can only assume counteracts the vinegar's powerful weight loss properties. But that's no reason to discount it altogether. There are still a few reasons you might want to give it a try. First of all, it's seriously delicious and refreshing. Since it's creation in the 1700's, farmers have been sipping the stuff as a means to quench their thirst after a long day of work. And since switchel has a fraction of the sugar of soda and other bottled beverages—and even some fiber (about 3.5 grams!) and protein—it's far better for you than soda or processed juice. (These added nutrients help to slow the digestion of the sugar.)

Interested in giving it a try? Check out our recipe, below!


6 ounces of ginger
½ cup apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons Grade A pure maple syrup
4 cups of seltzer or regular water

1 tablespoon fresh lime or lemon juice
Mint leaves



Juice the ginger until smooth. It should produce ⅓ cup.


Mix together ginger, vinegar, maple syrup, and lime juice until the maple syrup dissolves.


Chill the mixture until it's cold, then serve.

Yields six, 5.3-ounce servings: 129 calories, 3.5 g fiber, 7 g sugar, 2.6 g protein

Cheyenne Buckingham
Cheyenne Buckingham is the news editor of Read more about Cheyenne