Switchel – a refreshing summer drink

As summer hits full swing and the temperatures continue to climb, it’s important to stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water is important, but sometimes, you need an extra boost. This is where switchel can save the day. Also called haymaker’s punch, this drink has been around for many years. I first discovered switchel a couple of summers ago and it quickly became my favorite summertime drink.  This is the perfect thing to drink on those warmer summer days and especially when you have been out working in the garden or taking a hike. Switchel is a refreshing summer drink that can be made with little effort. It can even be an excellent replacement for sports drinks. Mix up a batch today and be ready for the next hot day when you need a refreshing cool drink.

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Switchel – a summer sports drink alternative

One thing to know about switchel is that you may need to adjust the recipe to your taste. After making many batches based upon a recipe I found online, I have found that this version is perfect for me. You may find it too strong or too weak. Give it a try and then adjust the amounts of each ingredient as needed. I also prefer molasses in my switchel over honey.



  1. Add all ingredients into a pitcher.
  2. Stir thoroughly and refrigerate until cold.
  3. Serve on a warm summer day for a boost of energy.

This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled so you can have enough switchel to last you and your family for a few days.

Even though we generally don’t get very hot during the summer, though this year seems to be the exception, having a cold glass of switchel on a busy summer day is just what I need for a boost of energy and to ensure I stay hydrated. Have you ever tried switchel?


  1. This sounds amazing! I never heard of it but I’ll definitely try it. Seems really healthy too.

    1. I hope you do give it a try, it’s really good.

  2. I’ve never heard of this drink. Thank you so much for sharing!!

    1. I hope you give it a try.

  3. I’ve never heard of switchel, but it sounds refreshing. Next time I go to the store, I’ll have to look for molasses so I can give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

    1. It is quite a refreshing drink. I hope you are able to give it a try soon.

  4. I’ve never heard of Switchel but it sound delicious. Ginger is so refreshing (depending on the quantity!). I like that you can make a batch and it will keep for a few days too, that’s really useful. Also that it’s non-alcoholic, so perfect for kids picnics too. And such a simple recipe to follow 🙂 Thank you, Sarah! Lisa

    1. It really is a great drink. Yes, ginger in the right amount can be refreshing – it’s better to add too little than too much. Kids love this drink too, my son will drink it as often as I do so it helps to make a big batch to last the week. Thank you.

  5. Ooo wow, I have never heard of this before but it sounds really interesting! Thank you for sharing this!

    Amber – https://theunpredictedpage.com

    1. I hope you are able to give it a try as it’s a great summer drink.

  6. Wow…….looks like a refreshing drink for the summer days. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

    1. It’s really great. I hope you are able to try it.

  7. This isn’t a drink recipe I’ve ever heard of before, but I’ve been looking for a new drink to drink to help stay hydrated. However, because I’m not American I have no idea what a cup translates to. Do you happen to know what that would be in metric system, such as millilitres?

    1. A cup is 250ml. I hope you do give it a try as I find it really helps me stay hydrated during the summer and when I am having an active day.

  8. The ingredients really got my attention; especially the molasses. The drink is very interesting. It is worth the try for this coming summer.

    1. I hope you do get to give it a try. I certainly enjoy it during the summer.

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