You may have heard of Switchel; it’s having somewhat of renaissance among the Brooklyn hipster set, or so I’ve been told. I don’t know many Brooklyn hipsters, so I can’t take an accurate poll to see if this is the case, but I did come across Up Mountain Switchel in the New York Times and thought it would be a great thing to try.   It’s an apple cider vinegar-ginger-molasses combination that is tart, light and refreshing. You can make your own version, the recipe for which is included below, or you can purchase it directly here. I did both, and they were both good.



Prep Time: 5 minutes + 2 hours refrigeration time

Serves: 2


  • 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 8 teaspoons molasses
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 2 cups of water
  • Sparkling water
  • Bourbon or rum


  1. Combine ingredients and refrigerate at least two hours.
  2. Before serving, strain through a sieve.
  3. Adjust the taste by adding sweetner if desired.
  4. Pour over ice and mix with sparkling water or, if you’re making a cocktail, add 2 ounces of bourbon or rum.
  5. Mixture will keep for several days.

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