Switchel ~ cheers to the teetotalers

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Yep Switchel is good, I make it on and off during the summer. I also make a drink using brown sugar and REAL lemon
 

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I've tried Switchel once. But it's pretty much just slightly flavored vinegar... and I just can't drink vinegar! :D
 

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I've tried Switchel once. But it's pretty much just slightly flavored vinegar... and I just can't drink vinegar! :D
If you use less vinegar or homemade vinegar the taste is much better. Store bought vinegars are very acidic.
What I like is the ginger in mine.
 

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When I made it years ago, I remember I cut the vinegar WAY down to make it at least somewhat more palatable.
 

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Many sharp flavors were preferred in the old day. Most things we eat daily were only available in season. The tongue was hungry for flavor.
Germ theory was in the future but vinegar was used for cleaning and diet as healthy. So there was a double advantage to switzel, it was healthy and tasted of something different.
 

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For comparison
Straight of the shelf distilled white vinegar has a PH of 2.4
Coca cola has a PH of 2.52

Beer varies between bout 4.2 and 4.8 depending on brand and age.

Diluting vinegar with water will raise the PH

Ginger can also produce a burning sensation on the palate or throat similar to acid.
Making good tasting switchel is all about balance.
 

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Yep Switchel is good, I make it on and off during the summer. I also make a drink using brown sugar and REAL lemon
I told that wrong so i'll explain a little better.

I don't use Real lemon, I use, one of these packets.



Mixed with one tablespoon or so of brown sugar in a 16 ounce glass of water and ice.
It makes a nice refreshing light drink.

My original plan was to use candied lemons, but they require boiling to extract the flavor, the True lemon packets are quick and convenient.
 

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