Have you ever heard of a Switchel? It is an old world electrolyte rich beverage created in the 17th C in either New England or the Caribbean. There is tradition for this drink in both places. In the American Colonies it became a traditional thirst quencher to offer farmers at hay harvesting time, as plain well water could upset the stomach if you were dehydrated.

The traditional recipe is water, apple cider vinegar (with the mother), ginger and honey or sugar to sweeten.

I added my own twist with ripe strawberries, basil from my herb garden. Subbed my sweetener for yacon syrup, which is keto friendly. I let that sit in the fridge overnight.

You can sip it as is, or mixed with sparkling water, or perhaps as part of a cocktail with gin or tsipouro!

But what an amazing summer drink! Super refreshing!
8 cups of water
1 pint strawberries 🍓
1 inch ginger peeled and thinly sliced
1 sprig of fresh basil 🌿
1/4 cup of good apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup yacon syrup

All of that goes into a jar overnight. Enjoy it the next day!

Switchel with strawberries & basil leaves.

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