This is our in-house recipe for a apple cider vinegar based drink.  This is a non-alcoholic beverage but I call it Switchy Shots (since this recipe makes a concentrate that can be diluted one to two ounces per eight ounce serving). Other versions are known as switchel, hay-makers punch, shrub or apple cider vinegar drink.  It combines many healing ingredients into an invigorating, bold and easy to drink beverage. The breakdown of the benefits of each of the ingredients is at the end of the bottom of the blog.  Mix and match ingredients as your palate and the season dictates.  I have made delicious versions with cinnamon and apple, dundicot pepper and pineapple, white peach and vanilla and strawberry and rosemary.   


Switchy Basic Recipe


In a 2 liter glass container combine


1.5 Tbsp grated fresh ginger (I like to use a microplane for this recipe)

1.5 Tbsp grated fresh turmeric

1 Tbsp blackstrap molasses

1Tbsp maple syrup

(If you prefer not to use sweeteners this can be replaced with 1Tbsp stevia)

1.5 cup apple cider vinegar

3 cups water

3/4 cup juice like apple, peach, pineapple

fresh herbs or mint optional


Mix all the ingredients together until the blackstrap molasses dissolves.  Let sit overnight covered in the refrigerator.  I tend to leave the ginger and turmeric in the containers and only strain all of it if I notice the ginger getting too firey. Strain 2-3 ounces into a cup and dilute to your preferred concentration with water, seltzer, or tea.  If desired dress with a twist of lemon or crush fresh mint or basil into the glass.


Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Helps with upset stomach

Lower blood sugar levels increase insulin sensitivity 

Improved symptoms of diabetes

Boosts energy

Weight loss

Digestive aid


Cures Hiccups

Clear a sinus/stuffy nose

Soothe a sore throat

Alleviates night time leg cramping

Treats bad breath

Fades bruises


Benefits of Turmeric


Alleviates depression

Treats Arthritis 

Anti-cancer effects

Diabetes management

Gastrointestinal benefits

Regulates Cholesterol 



Benefits of Ginger

Treats nausea

Reduces muscle pain


Helps osteoarthritis

Lowers blood sugar

Treats indigestion

Anti-cancer properties

Reduces menstrual pain

Improves brain function

Fights infection


Benefits of Blackstrap Molasses

Diabetes-friendly sweetener

Beneficial to bone health

Contains Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium,     Selenium, B6, Iron

Beneficial to the blood

Weight loss

Colon Health

Cancer prevention

Antioxidant rich