Is Switchel The New Kombucha?

Another day, another drink to snapchat.

By: Noah Lehava

In today’s edition of new (but technically ancient) superfoods social media has deemed worthy of in-bed or at-brunch posts: switchel. A wellness concoction of three good-for-you ingredients you likely (definitely!) have in your refrigerator. (Okay, maybe except for one, which is more of a Canadian staple, but you’ll see below.) Or, if you’d rather pay $5 for someone else to do it for you, you can get the bottled version at Health Nuts or, like, wait three minutes and all the juice places will make it a menu staple. But we digress, because this formula is more thirst-quenching than a Diet Coke post-night-out (and 1,000 times better for you) and packed with energy- and immune-boosting goodness. So, we made our own Cov-version recipe—alcohol option included (obviously).

 

What You Need

(set amounts to taste)

 
Water
Ginger
Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
Maple Syrup
Lemon (optional)
Tequila (also optional, but might negate the *health* factor)

 

How It’s Done

 
1. Slice or crush ginger.
2. Slice the lemon.
3. Pour water, apple cider vinegar, sliced or crushed ginger into a glass. Squeeze in as much lemon as desired.
4. Add maple syrup to taste.
5. *Add in 1oz of tequila or alcohol of choice.

 

Why It’s Good For You

 
Let’s break it down ingredient by ingredient, shall we?

Apple cider vinegar: This is your alternative to Gatorade. As in, the amino acids break down lactic acid and give you an intense energy boost. ACV is a great natural antibiotic and full of potassium.
Ginger: Great for digestion and an amazing anti-inflammatory agent. It also reduces blood-sugar levels.
Maple syrup: Runs low on the glycemic index (aka no sugar crash) and is a source of calcium and potassium.
Lemon juice: So much vitamin C!

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