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Ginger Water (Switchel or Haymaker's Punch)

Melissa K Norris
Enjoy this old-fashioned ginger water recipe, also known as Switchel or Haymaker's Punch, as a refreshing drink to help rehydrate you after working in the hot sun all day.
4.14 from 82 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 4 cups
Calories 30 kcal


  • 1/4 cup raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon molasses blackstrap
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger or you can use 1 Tablespoons fresh grated or sliced ginger
  • 3 1/2 cups water


  • Dissolve brown sugar and molasses in vinegar, stir well.
  • Add ginger and stir.
  • Pour into a quart-sized jar and add enough water to fill to the top.
  • Store in the fridge, and serve over ice. Makes 4 servings.



  • You can use fresh or ground ginger. If using fresh ginger you will want to peel it before adding it to the water. To do this, slide the back of a spoon down the root gently until the peel is removed. Store unused, peeled ginger in the freezer for later use.
  • I like my ginger water a little less sweet, but my kids tend to like it more on the sweet side, so I would probably double the brown sugar for their batch.


Serving: 1cupCalories: 30kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 14mgPotassium: 91mgFiber: 1gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Ginger Water, Haymaker's Punch, Switchel Recipe
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