Feeling hot & sweaty? Refresh yourself with this healthy & delicious old-fashioned haymakers punch recipe…
Cool off during the dog days of summer with this refreshing old-fashioned beverage! Haymakers punch – also known as switchel or ginger water – is a surprisingly delicious and refreshing beverage that was often enjoyed by laborers in the fields back in the days of the pioneers. In fact, you may remember this beverage being mentioned in the Little House on the Prairie books!
Interestingly enough, this beverage is not only more refreshing, but also much healthier for you than Gatorade or the many other commercial beverages that have taken its place in the past few decades. This is the perfect way to replenish lost fluids, electrolytes, and minerals after sweating hard – whether from a regular workout, or from toting and stacking bales!
Ginger is a key ingredient, which helps to soothe the stomach, aids digestion, reduces inflammation, and may help regulate body temperature. Apple cider vinegar is great for gut health, and adds a refreshing kick to this drink, as well as replacing lost potassium and magnesium (make sure you use raw ACV, with the mother). You can sweeten your punch with whatever sweetener you prefer – maple syrup or honey are traditional and may have additional health benefits, or you can also use stevia or another natural calorie-free sweetener. And although it’s not traditional, feel free to throw in a lemon slice or two if you like for some citrus flavor.
Next time you’re feeling hot and sweaty, instead of reaching for a sugary energy drink, whip up a batch of this instead to stay hydrated! Or even better, make some ahead of time on hot days and keep it in the fridge until you need it.
Old-Fashioned Haymakers Punch Recipe
Time: 5 Minutes
Yield: 4 servings
Dissolve brown sugar and molasses (or other sweeteners) in vinegar, stir well.
Add ginger and stir.
Pour into a quart-sized jar and add enough water to fill to the top.
Store in the fridge, and serve over ice. Makes 4 servings.